The song “You’ll Never Know This” by Engelbert Humperdinck is very special to Erin’s family. Her grandmother Laura sang it to her grandfather Howard before he left to fight in World War II, and it’s been their love song ever since.
Minutes after posting my last entry… This happened. I have never been so sure of a decision to stay in my life.So for a little back story… This was the song my grandmother would sing when my grandfather went away to fight in World War II. It has been their love song ever since. She is 93, he is 92, and they have been married for 73 years! Now he is the one singing to her as she prepares to go away. In case you don’t catch it, I think the sweetest moment of all is at 1:00 –Laura: You outta know, for haven’t I told you— (Lyrics to the song)Howard: (Singing. Finishing the line for her) —Sooooo a million or more times…Also, some people have asked, so I would like to say yes, you may absolutely share this video if it has touched you in any way. Our family is happy to share the love that we have for each other with anyone who will enjoy it.
Posted by Erin Solari on Saturday, September 12, 2015
The years have passed, and Laura and Howard are now in their 90s, and have been married for 73 years.
As Laura lays in her hospital bed and prepares for the next life, it’s Howard’s turn to sing the song. As he sings, he gently strokes her face and neck, trying to comfort her in her final moments.
Family friend Joy said that the video was especially touching for her.
“This video brought up many emotions for me and obviously for so many others as well. It has somehow captured in just a few minutes an entire lifetime between two people. They have been each others witness for 73 years, growing up and growing old together, holding onto some memories that only the two of them share, each of them being proof to the other that those memories are real.”