Late Husband Leaves Behind 'Eternal' Valentine Gift
Sue Johnston married the ideal Valentine: a romantic who was not only hopeless, but dedicated and consistent.
His dedication to making every Valentine's Day special might only be rivaled by Cupid himself. Each year, Johnston's husband sent her flowers with a short and poignant love note attached. The year after he passed away, she was surprised to see that flowers had been sent to her from him. Angry and hurt, she called the florist to find out why anyone would play a joke like this. The answer she found was unexpected to say the least...
Here is Johnston's note transcribed:
My Sweet husband, John, and I were married for 46 years. Each Valentine's Day, he’d send me the most beautiful flowers containing a note with five simple words: 'My love for you grows.' Four children, 46 bouquets and a lifetime of love were his legacy to me when he passed away two years ago.
On my first Valentine's Day alone, 10 months after I lost him, I was shocked to receive a gorgeaus bouquet addressed to me..from John. Angry and heartbroken, I called the florist to say there had been a mistake. The florist replied, 'No, ma'am, it's not a mistake. Before he passed away, your husband prepaid for many years and asked us to guarantee that you’d continue getting bouquets every Valentine’s Day.' With my heart in my throat, I hung up the phone and read the attached card. It said, 'My love for you is eternal.'"
As of now, Hypervocal--the site that published the above photo--does not know which magazine published Johnston's story, but their noses are to the dirt.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are blowing through enough tissues to reconstruct an entire tree.
The posthumous gift is reminiscent of the arrangement between radio personality and comedian, Jack Benny and his wife, Sadie Marks. Read their heart-melting story here. It's gestures like these that leave you a little hopelessly romantic yourself.