As states and nations continue aggressive containment measures amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, most nursing homes have placed a temporary ban on all visitors to protect their residents who may be more susceptible to complications from the virus.
While this comes with immense heartbreak for families who cannot visit their parents and grandparents, a Connecticut man whose wife resides in a nursing home refused to let the visitor ban keep them from celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary.
On Saturday, Bob Shellard stood on the grass outside the nursing home in Stafford Springs armed with balloons and a handmade sign that read, “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary,” and blew kisses to his bride.
“This is the first anniversary that Bob and Nancy have ever been apart,” the couple’s daughter Laura told WVIT. “Before the ban, Bob came to visit her every day.”
“They have always been an inspiration to us and I think just seeing every year go by that they still express it in some way on their anniversary,” Laura said.
“It makes me feel bad because I want her down with me and I know she can’t be,” Bob said.
“There’s just a sweetness to the two of them and what they share,” their daughter said.
“It’s just been an example for us, for all of us of kids. So all four of us have really learned a lot from them and I can only hope that I have half as much as what they have shared over the years,” Laura continued.
“I wouldn’t want anybody else,” Bob shared about his wife. “I don’t think she could put up with anybody else besides me.”
Nancy reportedly told the nursing home staff that her husband’s incredible gesture made her feel like a queen.
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