When a couple is married for a long time, they almost start to become one person, as their personalities mesh together like a puzzle. Oftentimes, longtime couples will finish each other’s sentences or speak on behalf of the other person.
When you spend the majority of your life with another person by your side, it’s hard not to live without that other person. It is for this reason that the spouse of the deceased often passes not long after. Some say this is because of the broken heart that they suffer.
Winston and Janet Howes were like most couples who had been married for 33 years…they were happily married and enjoyed each other’s company. Until Janet passed away due to heart failure.
While Winston knew that Janet was no longer physically there, she would always be there in his heart. He wanted to honor his wife, so he enlisted the help of his son and several thousand trees.
In a field that overlooked a field where Janet used to live, Winston planted the thousands of oak trees with his son.
“I thought it was a great idea – it was a flash of inspiration – and I planted several thousand oak trees. Once it was completed we put a seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live,” said Winston.
While there were thousands of trees in the field, Winston planned properly and had left a space in the middle of them all, that was in the shape of a heart. It is in this heart-shaped space that he placed a chair that he could sit in and remember his beloved wife. A chance for him to mourn amongst the trees and land that she loved.
Tucked away in the countryside of Gloucestershire, England, the heart is hidden from the roads, giving Winston the sanctuary he needs and desires.
“I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years,” he said.
And while most people wouldn’t know that the tribute to Janet’s life existed, Andy Collett, stumbled across it while he was working in the sky.
“This was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky,” said Collett. “You can just imagine the love story.”
In the video below you can see a video that the aerial photographer captured.
Commenters were in awe of the love that was shared between Janet and Winston. And some felt that the tribute should be part of a Nicholas Spark’s novel…
“Now, that’s a LOVE story, not only from the husband but from the son too. I’m crying joyful tears for them. There should be a book, I’d certainly buy it. thank you for sharing this precious tale.”
“Well, my eyes teared up a little, which is rare. I’ll save this to show my wife of 25 years. Love has no bounds. Thank you for this video.”
Prior to the balloonist discovering the heart, it was a family secret.