When a couple marries, they vow to love each other until the end of their lives. They vow to never leave their partner until death separates them. However, one wife got more than what her husband promised: a reminder of love even if he has already passed away.
When Jim Golay was diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer, he knew that he wouldn’t live long enough. He contacted a flower shop and arranged for them to send his wife, Shelly, to receive flowers every Valentine’s Day. It was a reminder of how much he loved Shelly, even beyond the grave.
Shelly received the first set of flowers two days before Valentine’s Day in 2015. The flowers she received had a note in them saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day Honey, Stay Strong! Yours Forever, Jim”. She initially thought that the flowers were sent by her children, but when she called the shop, they said that he called to ask them to send her favorite flowers every Valentine’s Day until she dies.
He’s such an amazing man and he just can love beyond boundaries. There is no boundaries with him, even in death. He’s just amazing. Until the day I die, I’ll get Valentine’s flowers on Valentine’s Day and that’s just a testament of his love all over again.
It was a one of a kind love that you only see in the movies, the only difference is, Jim and Shelly’s is real.
It was true love and you just don’t find that very often, you know. The fairy tale romance, the knight in shining armor, you just don’t find that. And even though we didn’t get the fairy tale ending, it was amazing.
Watch Jim and Shelly’s story here:
The History of Giving Flowers on Valentine’s Day
In the 18th century, floral bouquets would be given as a gift to pass on non-verbal messages. Introduced by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning, thus, making it possible to send an entire message using only flowers. This tradition still continues until this day.