“Every great love starts with a great story” – Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook is one of the most popular romantic movies in the past decade. But what is even more endearing than the movie, is the real life story of devotion and true love that is reminiscent of it. The story of English couple, Jack Potter and his wife, Phyllis.
It was on October 4, 1941, when Jack and Phyllis first met at a wartime dance hall. Instantly, the two fell in love…
Jack told Daily Mail: “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. It was definitely love at first sight, everything fell into place. It was uncanny really.”
Sixteen months later, the couple got married. Since then, they were inseparable.
Mr. Potter then documented their life together, the holidays they took, and even their daily conversations.
Jack first began his habit of keeping diaries as influenced by his Dad as a small boy. He recalls that Phyllis knew that he keeps a diary but had no inkling that this will be the tie that will bind them now.
Until Phyllis’ struggled with her memories due to dementia. Just like the character Noah in “The Notebook” played by James Gardner, Jack visits his wife Phyllis in Copper Beaches Retirement Home every single day…
And reads to her excerpts from his diary which he has kept for the past 70 years of their marriage.
Jack keeps Phyllis up to date with everything, and this includes showing her picture of their beloved pet dogs, and even their inside jokes.
Jack is indeed a very sweet husband, up to now he even writes notes to tell his wife every time he visits. In turn, Phyllis still shows her affection and delight at his presence with the way her face lights up with his visits. She hugs him and kisses his hand before he leaves.
Even aging can’t stop the loving couple, they still managed to celebrate their 70th anniversary.
“Phyllis means everything to Jack,” says Susan Oates, home manager at Copper Beeches (as told to ABC News). “He says there was no boss in their relationship, everything was equal. “We have no children, so it’s just us, together forever”
Jack is often asked what is the secret to their success in marriage and he says “what will be will be” We never aimed to reach this anniversary, it just came along. Our lives have been together and they have been everything a person could ever want.”