Teetering precariously on the thin precipice between sweet and sappy, today comes a story about a British man who has put a rose at his wife's bedside every day for 60 years
Tom and Joan Shovelton claim the floral gesture is one of the secrets to their happy marriage
, along with kissing each other good morning and good night every single day.
The couple met a a New Year's Eve party when he was a young farmer and she was a member of the Women's Land Army
. The lovers wed in 1949 and raised five children, and are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today.
The "real-life Romeo" (without the whole suicide part) says of his wife, "I love her to bits -- I have done since the day we met."
Joan adds, "We've had a happy 60 years together. I wouldn't have changed a thing."
What's your verdict on this happily-ever-after story? Sickly saccharine, or does it renew your faith that Prince Charmings don't just exist at Disneyworld?
We're happy for the Shoveltons but we (and Dorothy Parker
) do have a note to all future suitors. If you're dating us, replace the rose by the bedside with a big, fat, sprinkled donut. Now that'll
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