Romance is alive and well and residing in North Carolina. 
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WBTV)

If you're at one of those points in your life when you've decided to swear off love and romance and "work on you for a while," avoid this story as it might give you enough hope to jump back on the dating sites. 

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Bob Phillips loves the crap out of his wife. He loves her the way you want to be loved, the way you wish you had it in you to love if your parents' divorce hadn't messed you up so bad. This guy loves, and it's a big enough deal to him that he wanted it in the papers. 


(Via WBTV)

Bob Phillips wrote his wife Gail a love letter, and rather than just hand it to her, he decided to publish it in the Charlotte Observer on the occasion of their 61st wedding anniversary (Bob doesn't need a round number to go big!). 

Dear Gail, 

I look at newspaper pictures of new brides every Sunday. I'm searching. I want to see if there is now or ever will be another bride as lovely as you. Been doing that since June 27, 1953. 

Actually, I already know the answer. There is not - and never will be to me - your equal in loveliness. On our wedding day you were the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. The delightful truth is that you still are. 

Happy anniversary, sweetheart. You've made me and you keep me the happiest and most grateful husband any bride could ever know. I'd gladly welcome another 61 years of marriage with you. Beyond that I pray we will spend eternity together. 

All my love, Bob

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Sources: Charlotte Observer | WBTV | h/t BuzzFeed