True love lasts a lifetime. That’s what Erin Solari‘s grandparents, Howard and Laura, have taught us in an absolutely heart-breaking and beautiful video that Erin posted on Sunday.
Laura and Howard have been married for 73 years. Tragically their time together is in its final days - Laura is 93 and terminally ill. In a moment that rivals the beauty of the greatest of movies, Howard sings to Laura the song he comforted her with when he went to fight in World War 2.
Laura lays in her bed, too weak to move. Howard, unable to stand unaided, sings to her while stroking her face with all the tenderness of the young lovers they once were. She can’t see him, due to macular degeneration, but she can still hear him and gazes lovingly in his direction. He has lost much of his hearing but he sings to her with a love greater than most movies would dare to capture on the silver screen.
"She asked if she could hold him"
The song is “You’ll Never Know”, as performed by the legendary Rosemary Clooney with Harry James. According to Erin, her family had always preferred this version as “Grandma had a voice Just like Rosemary Clooney.” Erin explained on her YouTube channel that the pair would often sing this song together at family gatherings including, touchingly, when the couple renewed their vows after 50 years of marriage.
Further proof that there are no barriers to true love, Erin explains that:
Moments before this video began, when Grandma heard that Grandpa was in the room, she asked if she could hold him. Grandpa cannot stand on his own, but he immediately pulled his wheelchair close to her bed ready to make it happen. My cousin, Serena, who is a physical therapist, helped him to his feet and held him up throughout the entire song.
The love these two have for each other is so amazingly pure that even the hardest person must melt seeing this touching scene play out. Our hearts go out to Laura, Howard and their family during these painful times.
Watch the video below and feel every single feeling there is to feel when it comes to love:
Hollywood, take note. This is what love looks like.