Friday, September 17, 2010

"Shmily" Explained, and Love That Lasts a Lifetime

The post just below me was written by my husband, Joshua.  He hijacked my blog (easily, my password is saved in his computer!) and posted it for me to find.  

Recently, we read a story about an elderly couple who played a constant game of writing the word "shmily" somewhere for the other to find.  They got quite creative!  They wrote it in the fog of a mirror to be found during the next shower, in the snow on cars, in dust on the mantel... anywhere they could think of.  One time, the Mrs. even unraveled an entire roll of toilet paper, so she could write it on the final square for Mr. to find. Creative, eh?

They played this game for the duration of their marriage until, after half of a century, she passed away.  On her casket was an arrangement of flowers that said, you guessed it, "Shmily".

It stands for "See How Much I Love You".  

After reading this article, we've started to play it ourselves :-)  I savor stories of love that endured a lifetime.  Do you?  I'm sure you do!  I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like to see an elderly couple holding hands, or sitting in the same side of the booth at McDonalds.  I mean, really, to imagine that love spans 50+ years is almost too much to dream, too big of a thing to ask for in todays world... and yet, it does. 

If you want to read the original "shmily" story, you can find it by clicking here.  Also, if you're like me and thrive on these types of stories, here are two videos that I'm sure you will enjoy! 

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.


If you ever find anything like these stories, please send them my way.  They are so beautiful!


  1. Beautiful! : )

    Chris and I do something similar, although we don't do it so creatively right now but we put *1436* in notes, texts, etc. It correlates to the number of letters in each word of the phrase: I love you muchly. : )

  2. guess we need to learn to play the piano