Crying Is Cathartic: Real Life 'The Notebook' Couple

March 6, 2013

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I've never read or seen 'The Notebook' but I've had it explained to me and I know for a fact it's something I couldn't watch in front of anybody because I make the ugliest faces when I cry.

Jack Potter, 91, has been married to Phyllis Potter, 93, for over 70-years, after meeting her at a wartime dance in 1941. Sadly, now Phyllis suffers from dementia. So what does Jack do? Comes to visit her everyday at her care home and reads to her from the diaries he's kept through their entire marriage and shows her pictures of them together to remind her of their love. Wow, they sure don't make them like they used to.

He said: 'I remember it like it was yesterday the first time I met her - she came up to me and asked me to dance.


'She was an excellent dance partner and an older woman - I thought she was wonderful and I still do.

'I remember going home and scribbling down that I had met her in my diary, it sticks in my mind because I suppose it was a life-changing moment.'

Mr Potter said: 'We've been together ever since, I wrote down in my diaries all of our stories and our in-jokes.

'We have been together forever, we had no children it was just us two.

Beautiful, isn't it? Now let's all wipe our tears and try to liven up the mood a bit by -- great, a coworker totally just saw me crying and I lied and told him I just found out that a friend died which sucks because I feel like I might have just jinxed one of my friends to death. Fingers crossed it's my roommate Derrek. Hopefully I don't do any time for the murder.

Hit the jump for a picture of the diary, the entry from the day they met, and a shot of the couple on their wedding day. Godspeed you lovebirds.

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Thanks to PYY, who told me love is real which I believe because I've FELT IT. And smelled it. Like spring's first flowers.

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