For their first time in nearly seven decades of marriage, Bob Shellard wasn’t able to be with his wife, Nancy, on their anniversary.
The coronavirus outbreak meant he was not allowed inside her nursing home in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, on Saturday, NBC 4 New York reports.
But Bob still found a way to celebrate.
The Vernon man stood outside Nancy’s window at the facility Saturday, with balloons and a homemade sign: “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary.”
Due to coronavirus precaution, Bob Shellard isn't allowed to visit his wife in her Connecticut nursing home. So he stood outside her window and held up a sign that said "I've loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary." https://t.co/cIwZxwmZeN pic.twitter.com/nW86SYm4HU
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“It makes me feel bad because I want her down with me and I know she can’t be,” Bob told the news station.
In Connecticut, visitors are barred from nursing homes for 30 days to protect the elderly from contracting the coronavirus, according to NBC 4 New York. The order has splintered Bob’s daily routine of visiting Nancy.
When she saw her husband outside, Nancy blew kisses and waved from her second-floor room.
“I wouldn’t want anybody else,” Bob told the news station. “I don’t think she could put up with anybody else besides me.”