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Undying love
作者:佚名    文章来源:CBS News    点击数:18    更新时间:2019/12/21 (第14教学周)  

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Glor: We end the week with a story of undying love told by Steve Hartman "On the Road."

Six days a week for years, retired mechanic Clarence Purvis had lunch with his wife at this restaurant in Reidsville, Georgia. We are here today because he still does. Although Carolyn died four years ago, she remains his lunch date.

They were unbelievable. I mean, you could tell that they adored each other.

That's why restaurant owner Joyce James says she wasn't surprised in the least when Clarence started showing up with the picture, which is really just a small part of his all-day devotion. Each morning begins with a trip to the cemetery.

Hey, baby. I'm back again.

...where, at the ripe old age of 93, Clarence gets down on bended knee to give his wife her morning kiss.

Baby, I wish you could go home with me. I'd trade places with you.

Before the sun sets, he will be back here again, at least four more times...

I'll be back.

... just to check on her.

This is her here?

In between visits, he basks in the memory of their 64-year marriage.

Oh, you have posters!

His house, like a monument to their love, complete with an eternal flame, of sorts.

And that light turned on. It ain't never been turned off. And it never will be.

Outside of the Taj Mahal, you won't find a more convincing testament to true love than this home. Outside of a Shakespeare sonnet, you won't find a more eloquent love poem than her picture on her pillow.

I can't figure out if this is a really sad story or a really happy story.

It's a happy story.

Tell me why.

How many people in this world have that much love to this day and time, you know?

She was sweet, and still sweet.

I had to agree with Joyce -- he is happiest when he is talking to her or about her...

I'm going to give you all something.

... which is why if you can't make it to the shrine, he will bring the shrine to you.

It's never been turned off since my wife died. You keep that, okay?

Today there is not a resident in Reidsville who hasn't been offered a picture of the lamp or the tombstone, not a passer-by who doesn't know what they missed. Obviously, no one ever wants to suffer a loss like his, but Clarence Purvis does offer us something to strive for – the ability to love this deeply. Steve Hartman, "On the Road," in Reidsville, Georgia.
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