A 70-year-old widower is setting a new expectation for what it means to be together until “death do us part”.
Every day for the last seven years, Giuseppe Giordano has taken a framed photo of his wife Ida to a beach in Gaeta, Italy so they can look out at the ocean together.
The beach is especially meaningful to Giuseppe because it’s where he and Ida would go when they first started dating as teenagers.
The two of them first met in 1969 when they were just 16 years old. Their parents disapproved of their relationship because Ida got pregnant out of wedlock. After they tied the knot against their parents’ wishes, they went on to have three children. Not only that, they were together for almost fifty years until Ida fell ill and lost a battle to cancer in 2011.
Now, Giuseppe insists on keeping her picture with him at all times so they are never apart.
A local pizzeria owner, 54-year-old Giorgio Moffa, snapped a photo of Giuseppe sitting by the beach with Ida’s picture because he felt moved my the man’s devotion to his late wife. He then approached the widower and started a conversation with him.
“I saw him, and I was sure there was a great love story. Men like him do not exist anymore,” said Moffa, according to The Daily Mail. “I think that everyone in this world has at some point, lost someone special to them.
“So each of us has these moments of grief, it’s just that Giuseppe had the great courage and dignity to show it,” he added.
Upon posting the photo of Giuseppe to social media, the widower has received an outpouring of love, praise, encouragement, and appreciation from people who are touched by his devotion and vulnerability. Moffa says that anyone who would like to chat with his new friend can stop by his pizza parlor, Antica Pizzeria Ciro.
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