77-year-old man has been sending his wife the same Valentine's card for 39 years
It's that time of year: red-roses are a plenty, it's near impossible to secure a dinner reservation, and greeting card companies are inevitably cackling with glee, counting their winnings. Yes, Valentine's Day has rolled around once more, and it's armed and ready to make you spend your hard-earned money on lovely, albeit unnecessary gifts, or make you roll your eyes at the spectacle of it all.
But regardless of whether it's a capitalist plot devised to keep the economy ticking over, Valentine's Day can be a nice reminder to pay that extra bit of attention to your partner, and maybe surprise them with something special. But it doesn't even have to cost anything at all. Certainly, one British couple has proved that it's about the sentiment that counts, and boy is theirs romantic.
A faithful husband is celebrating Valentine's day by sending his love the same card he's posted to her for the last 39-years. Ken Myers, who hails from Leeds, England, is a self-confessed romantic and he sent the first card back in 1979, six years after he married his sweetheart, Valeria.
While the card remains the same, the 77-year-old writes a new message inside the card every single year, ensuring that Valeria always has something to look forward to. And if you thought this couldn't get more romantic, you're wrong. Ken, who works as a novelist, even created the card himself - as he was employed as a card designer in the 1970's.
Ken's card, which reads "Happy Valentine’s Day to my Wife", depicts a boy offering his date a heart tied to a catapult.
"My old card is brimming with messages but there’s room for many more. It’s got plenty of years left in it yet," the romantic said.
"I worked in the industry for around ten years and designed hundreds of cards, for big companies like Hallmark. ‘I sent the card to Valerie in 1979, and then again in 1980. After that, I just carried on because it was a novelty.
I like to think I’m a romantic husband. I am a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, so I’m a qualified romantic. ‘I think Valerie would be disappointed if I came back one year with a different card. It’s become a family heirloom."
Ken and Valerie, who now have five children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, will be celebrating Valentine's Day in a rather low-key manner this year by having a meal together and exchanging cards.
"My old card is brimming with messages but there’s room for many more. It’s got plenty of years left in it yet," Ken continued.
67-year-old Valerie corroborated, "I do love the card and it’s become really special to me over the years. It’s in very good condition. ‘I always make sure it’s in a safe place. One year, I put it in such a safe place that I couldn’t find for a while afterwards."
"Ken is a very romantic husband. After almost 45 years of marriage, those little touches definitely help to keep the magic alive."
Thankfully, Ken and Valerie have some words of wisdom for couples who aspire to have as successful a marriage as them, and it's pleasantly simple. Valerie asserted that the key was to just "be friends". She added, "When the first flushes of love disappear you have to like each other a lot. We make each other laugh."