In Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, we learn in no uncertain terms that “love is a temporary madness”. All that passion burns brighter than the brightest flame, before it subsides – and when that happens, “you have to make a decision”.
Louis de Bernières writes: “You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being ‘in love’, which any fool can do.
“Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
Incredibly beautiful words indeed – yet words which can, in these dark and uncertain times, often feel difficult to believe.
And then a video like this comes along to save the day.
Paul Miller is a 90-year-old man who is hopelessly, hopelessly in love with his wife, Imogene.
To celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, he decided to do something a little special: he stepped up, in front of all their friends and family, took hold of his long-time wife’s hand, and serenaded her with a beautiful and heartfelt rendition of Bing Crosby’s Let Me Call You Sweetheart.
Grab the tissues and watch the video for yourself below:
Speaking to ABC News about his performance, Miller said: “I started practicing so it would sound just right.
“I didn’t just reach up out of the clear blue sky to choose it.”
And, when asked why he decided to sing a song in the first place, Miller had a pretty simple – and perfect – answer.
“She’s the only one I’ve ever had,” he said emotionally. “It started out when I was 18 and it’s gone along just as great as ever.”
Sarah Sargusa, the couple’s granddaughter, added: “My grandmother is actually a few months older. She told my grandfather she wouldn’t marry him until he turned 20 so they got married on his birthday. She wanted him to be a mature man at 20 before they got married. They met at the Western Union, he really pursued her.”
Saragusa finished by saying: “He’s always been the outgoing one and she’s very sweet. He’s always said she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever known.”
Ah, Louis de Bernières – we were fools to ever have doubted you.