In their 80s, Bob and Annette rekindled their relationship and tied the knot.
The true meaning of love. Even if you haven’t experienced it yourself, you’ve probably seen it in a gazillion movies and it’s something most people dream of.
In addition to proving that true love does exist – the story below sounds like it came straight out of a romance film!
A couple in Ohio is proving that love endures. 63 years after graduating from high school, Bob Harvey and Annette Callahan got married.
The story began at a high school dance in 1956.
On the other hand, Bob and Annette didn’t date each other.
In Woodbridge, Virginia, Annette had transferred from Pikeville, Kentucky to Gar-Field High School. In love with Bob, he was head over heels.
She was trembling because she didn’t know how to dance, but Bob guided her.
A regular relationship followed, and the two fell madly in love.
When I first saw her in the study hall, she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen in my life – and she still is,” Bob told WBNS-TV.
The couple separated after Annette was sent to live in Kentucky after high school.
Bob married Diane in 1959 and Annette married John in 1961.
Callahans had four children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The Harveys had two children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Despite living full lives, they became caregivers for their spouses in recent years.
Diane, Bob’s wife, fought cancer for even longer than John, Annette’s husband, battling dementia for seven years.
For the rest of his life, Bob remembered that first dance.
He said, “This woman who had been gentle on my mind became obsessive on it.”.
Bob discovered that Annette was a widow, just as he was. She had l.o.s.t her husband four years earlier.
She received a condolence card that read more like a love letter than a consolation.
“Dear Annette, life is a journey of sweetness and sorrow, of yesterday’s memories, and of hopes for tomorrow.” read the card.
Over a week later, Annette called him.
“When I told him, ‘Bob, this is Annette,’ he choked up. I said, ‘I know this is a surprise,’ and he finally got his voice and talked to me,” Annette explained.
Bob drove 12 hours from Virginia to Ohio the next day to deliver flowers to Annette.
“I’ve got to do this for you,” he said. “Like this, I said, ‘I love you, you’re beautiful, and I will kiss you regardless of whether you want me to.’ And we kissed, and 60 years went away. Poof!”
One month later, they became engaged, and a few months later, they were married.
Their wedding was officiated by pastor David Redding at Central College Presbyterian Church in Westerville – Callahan’s church.
In celebration, a kiss and a dance were exchanged.
All those years ago, Annette and Bob split up, and it was her first dance since then.
Several references were made to their former spouses and the signs that they had blessed the new relationship on their wedding day.
Their reunion is also attributed to a higher power.
As a result of the Lord’s intervention, we have been reunited.”
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