Love in the Time of Coronavirus

She’s 95. He’s 102. Their love still shines through the window of this British Colombia Canada care home.

Hilda Duddridge made a promise to her husband Lew Duddridge of nearly 75 years that they will stay together for better or for worse and she won’t let neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor any other problem in this life get in the way.
Hilda said “I’d look after him until the day he died,”
When the husband moved into a care home two years in his 100 birthday, the faithful wife kept her promise with daily visits. After she says good-bye at night, she tells her husband she’ll be back to see him the next day.
March, 16th, the care home banned all visitors in a way to protect vulnerable seniors from COVID-19.
This new measurement has not stopped Hilda from making the trip from their Langford condo to the care home in Victoria to visit her partner.
She had to climb 18 steps to a second-floor balcony, where she can see Lew from the window.
He feels happy when she shows him his favourite chocolates, which she puts by the door for staff to collect when she leaves.
“He was smiling and blew kisses,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine how in the world I could not see him.”
According to Hilda, Love is what really matters and everyone can be adaptable to new habits only for the sake of their beloved ones.
“It just proves that we can get through anything, if you have patience and look on the bright side,” she said, adding, “Love is the answer to everything. Love makes the world go ’round.”
Hlida, the strong women learned to be adaptable at a young age, as a bride, she had to move from Wales to a small town in Canada far from her family and the ocean she adored, she knew that she had to make a lot of sacrifices to be with the love of her life.
Their love story begins when they first met on a train platform in October 1944 in England during an air raid and a blackout.
Lew was a real gentleman and asked to carry Hilda’s suitcase. She was impressed by his uniform. The next day they went for a date, and proposed only after a week of their meeting.
The couple married a few months later, before Lew was sent to Japan. When the war ended, Hilda boarded a boat with their baby daughter and sailed to Canada to reunite with her husband.
She finally arrived at her new home in Hanley, Saskatchewan, Where they only had an outdoor toilet, dirt roads and no running water.
“It was a bit of a shock, but you adapt. You make the best of it,” she said. “He made life exciting.”
Glenys Berry stated that “They’re a team,”. She’s proud of her mother’s attitude that “love will keep us all going,” and of her father for being the kind of person who gets things done.
Lew also had to adopt to a very difficult situations in his life Like his wife. Only a year after he was born, both of his parents caught the Spanish Flu and Lew was sent to live with an uncle until they recovered.
Then, his family lost their house during the Depression Then he decided to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force and went to war to send some money to his family.
The family was hoping to set a party to celebrate Hilda and Lew’s 75th wedding anniversary next week, but because of the recent events, they decided to postpone it till hopefully this nightmare will be over soon.
On this coming Thursday, Hilda will climb the steps outside and go to the window to see the love of her life, her soulmate and her partner even if separated by glass.
Hlida is sure that this hard time will pass and it’s only temporary.
“Things will get better, if we’re patient,” Hilda said. “It will be lovely again to go and see him.”
True love never dies…


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