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Long Lost Love: Couple Reunited After More Than 60 Years
June 10, 2013
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This story from CBS News reminds us of that famous line from 'Forrest Gump' - "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get."

Last year, 81-year-old Cynthia Riggs received a coded message from a former colleague who she hadn't seen in more than 60 years.

Turns out, it was from Howard Attebery, a man Riggs used to work with at a marine laboratory in San Diego. They met in the summer of 1950, when he was 28 and she was 18.

They became friends and would send notes to each other that were written in code on paper towels.

That fall, Cynthia left and went to college in Ohio and they lost touch. Both married and had children. Cynthia got divorced. Howard's wife died.

They reconnected in January of last year, when Howard worked up the courage to send Cynthia a package with a bunch of messages they used to send each other.

There was also a new coded message. "When I translated it, it said: I have never stopped loving you", Cynthia said.

There was no return address, just a latitude and longitude.

Cynthia knew it had to be Howard. So, after some encouragement from friends, she tracked him down and flew across the country to see him again.

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(Photo: Martha's Vineyard Gazette/Mark Alan Lovewell)

That same day, he proposed and they got married a couple of weeks ago.

In an interview last year, Cynthia summed it up like this:

"Oh man, life is just amazing. Don't give up hope. This is not what I expected at all. I'm 81 years old and he's going to be 91 when he gets here. Really, how much time do we have? But you know, it really makes that amount of time precious."

Do yourself a favour and watch the video - it's about as sweet as it gets.

via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

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