I wish you a very happy sixth wedding anniversary, sweetheart, and just for today, I will sing you six songs; one for each of the years we have been happily married. Each song is special to me because it reflects the growing strength of our loving relationship. If others choose to listen to them also they are most welcome, but if not, it matters not, as I sing them just for you, Sheila.
I love you, Sheila and I know that we are blessed as a couple that we came into each other's lives when we were both in danger of giving up on finding lasting love with another partner. We had unconsciously placed ourselves at an emotional distance to others; essentially protecting the vulnerable parts of ourselves, and thereby making ourselves 'emotionally unavailable'. All this changed, however, after we first met. I knew as soon as I left you that first day I met you in Haworth that things would never be the same in my life again. We met and fell in love, and after a two-year courtship period, we married. Ever since that first day, my love for you has grown daily and I experience a depth of love that few men have been lucky enough to ever know in the autumn of their life. From the opening to the closing of my eyes daily, Sheila, you lovingly and unselfishly anticipate and fulfil my every need.
I am often asked, 'Bill, how can you remain so positive about life when you have a terminal blood cancer that will shorten it?' I reply, 'You don't know what it's like to be loved by someone the way that I am and to love somebody the way I do. I feel loved by Sheila, more than any man has ever felt loved. That's what makes it all possible; that's what it's like':