Although 61 years have passed since Bob and Gail Phillips exchanged wedding vows, Phillips maintains his wife looks as lovely to him today as she did over half a century ago.
This past weekend, the 87-year-old published a touching tribute to his bride, 79, in the Charlotte Observer to mark the benchmark anniversary.
“Dear Gail,” it begins, “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.”
But despite decades of such careful examination, Phillips reports that he “already know[s] the answer” to his question: “There is not — and never will be to me — your equal in loveliness.”