'The Notebook' in Real Life: Why One Couple's Story Is the Ultimate Tearjerker

'The Notebook' in Real Life: Why One Couple's Story Is the Ultimate Tearjerker

Mar 05, 2013



Grab your tissues, this story is a real tearjerker. Even if you hate writer Nicholas Sparks and the numerous romantic film adaptations inspired by his novels, The Notebook does star Ryan Gosling so it's hard to despise it completely. The 2004 film, with colead Rachel McAdams, centers on the life story of a young couple that falls in love during the 1940s. James Garner and Gena Rowlands play the elderly versions of Gosling and McAdams' characters, and SPOILER ALERT: the woman suffers from dementia. Before she loses her mind, she writes their love story in a notebook, which he reads to her during their final days. The ending is sob-worthy, but we'll let you discover that on your own.

Design Taxi brings news of a real life Notebook — one that involves a 91-year-old man named Jack Potter, who visits his 93-year-old wife Phyllis every day at a nursing home in England. Phyllis suffers from dementia, and Jack tells her stories about their relationship to try to keep the memories alive. Jack has kept a diary of their life together since the couple met in 1941 at a wartime dance. They married two years later, and they've been devoted to one another for 70 years. Jack told the Daily Mail:

"I remember it like it was yesterday the first time I met her — she came up to me and asked me to dance. She was an excellent dance partner and an older woman — I thought she was wonderful and I still do. It was definitely love at first sight, everything fell into place. It was uncanny really. I remember going home and scribbling down that I had met her in my diary, it sticks in my mind because I suppose it was a life-changing moment." 

Read the touching story at the Daily Mail, where pictures of Jack's diary and photos of the lovely couple are available.

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