True Love Forever Day
annually on August 16th
When love is true love, it lasts forever, and no time or distance can snuff it out. On True Love Forever Day, those who have that feeling of love show it to and share it with each other. It doesn't matter if they are thousands of miles away from each other or haven't seen each other for decades—today they let their love shine.
The date of the holiday was not chosen haphazardly; it is significant to Robert James Waller's 1992 novel, The Bridges of Madison County, which went to #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and was later made into a film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. In it, Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer, travels to Madison County, Iowa, to work on a photographic essay about covered bridges. On August 16, 1965, he meets Francesca, a housewife who lives on a farm, whose children and husband are away at a state fair. Robert and Kincaid have a four-day affair and then part ways, never to see each other again.
Even though they only spent four days together, the relationship had a profound effect on their lives, and the love they found together never faded. The date of August 16 comes back in the novel a second time, demonstrating that true love does last forever. Robert wrote a letter to Francesca 13 years to the day after they met. He ended his letter as follows:
But, I am, afterall, a man. And all the philosophic rationalizations I can conjure up do not keep me from wanting you, every day, every moment, the merciless wail of time, of time I can never spend with you, deep within my head.
I love you, profoundly and completely. And I always will. The last cowboy, Robert
How to Observe True Love Forever Day
Mark the day by celebrating the true love you share with your partner. Spend your day with them, and let them know all the reasons you love them. If your true love rests with someone who is miles away, or with someone you haven't talked to in ages, today is the perfect day to reach out to them and let them know your flame of love is still there. If the person who holds your love has passed away, visit their grave today. If you haven't yet found true love, do not give up hope. Another fitting way to observe the day is to read The Bridges of Madison County or to watch its film adaptation.