Happy Tuesday Readers,
With all the negativity going on in the world today, this is a beautiful story of a man that did the most amazing thing for his wife after she died. 17 years later, aerial photo reveals his true motive.
Janet and Winston Howes shared a love that most people can only dream of. It was love
at first sight for the pair, and each day that passed, their love grew stronger. The couple got married in 1962 and moved into a charming farmhouse in the countryside of England.
The farm and the land flourished, as well as their perfect relationship, but in one moment, everything collapsed…After over 33 years of marriage, Janet suddenly left this world.
Winston’s soulmate, Janet, suffered from heart failure and passed away when she was only 50 years old. Winston was devastated. Janet’s departure was too much to bear. Some months after losing Janet, Winston got an idea. Even though he could never get back his beautiful wife, couldn’t he honor her with a beautiful gesture?
Obsessed with an idea, Winston started working on a meadow by the house…a meadow that Janet loved dearly. The idea was to create a place where he could visit on difficult days. Winston’s incredible tribute to Janet was kept secret for years; until a hot air balloonist flew over it.
Pilot Andy Collett was on his way home on a beautiful afternoon when he discovered Winston’s tribute. He looked down and couldn’t believe what he saw! For years, Winston had planted thousands of trees to create a large heart-shaped forest surrounding the meadow where his wife loved to visit.
Andy tells media outlets about how he felt when he flew over the heart…
“I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer, but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. It was a perfect heart hidden away from view…you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story,” Andy says. And, although Andy had never met Winston and had no idea why the heart was there, he assumed that there was a love story behind it.
Winston later explains why he decided to plant the trees. “I thought it was a great idea…it was a flash of inspiration, and, I planted several thousand oak trees.”
He planted large oaks around the edge of the heart and then built a hedge around it, too. The heart points to the village of Wotton Hill, where Janet was from. Every year, Winston also plants daffodils in the center of the heart, which bloom in the spring.
“I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years,” Winston says.
What a remarkable and timeless act of true love. This story is definitely and tearjerker.
This leads me to a question:
What have you done to commemorate a passed or present lover?
What are some ways you show you love to people you see everyday?