Sublimation Pt.1: Shirley and Moe’s Love Story

This video is of a 100-year-old woman named Shirley Hyman, shot by Brandon Stanton of HONY.


I. The Meeting 

I went to my friend’s party, and she had brought this young man to meet me. I sang my French songs and we had a good time together. And then around midnight, we were on this couch. We didn’t say we were going to get married; we just knew it. It was a meeting of the souls. 

II. The Marriage 

We used to go out dancing. He had very good rhythm, and it was always nice to have his arms around me. 

We had been married for three years when he got an invitation from the President to serve as a military doctor in World War II. 

I sent him some pictures of me and he apparently drew a cartoon of himself looking at them. 

This is one of the letters he sent me: “The ships come and the ships go, but I stay here with my thoughts of you. Wondering how soon I’ll be once more with my little angel.”

III. The Parting 

He had been sick for a year, and I saw that he was dying. All his strength had left him. And I said, “Moe, what will I do without you?”

IV. Sublimation

And he gathered up all the energy he could. And he said: “Take the love you have for me and spread it around. In love spread around, there beauty is found.” 



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