Bob and Gail Phillips have been married for 61 years. Bob openly admits to Gail that he looks at brides' photos in the paper every Sunday. Why does he do it?

Bob says that, every Sunday, he browses the newlywed photos to try and find a bride who could even come close to being as “lovely” as his own bride, many years ago. He always came up empty-handed.

For their 61st anniversary, Bob submitted their wedding photo and wrote this letter to his beautiful bride:


Dear Gail,

I look at newspaper pictures of new brides every Sunday. I’m searching. I want to see if there is now or ever will be another bride as lovely as you. Been doing that since June 27, 1953.

Actually, I already know the answer. There is not — and never will be to me – your equal in loveliness. On our wedding day you were the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. The delightful truth is that you still are.

Happy anniversary, sweetheart. You’ve made me and you keep me the happiest and most grateful husband any bride could ever know. I’d gladly welcome another 61 years of marriage with you. Beyond that I pray we will spend eternity together.

All my love, Bob

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I haven't, yet, made it through this video without crying. Their love is something to be admired and one that would definitely make a great Nicholas Sparks novel.