For 98-year-old author, finishing the first book is bittersweet
Lou Moore, will tell you, he always imagined that after he finished his book, he would sit down with his wife Nellie and read their love story together. “But it wasn’t meant to be,” he said calmly, “Nellie passed away before I could finish.”
And so surrounded by photos of the woman he has loved for three quarters of a century, he ended their story in his book, Eternal Love. Her motivation is pretty simple, “because Nellie was my life, we were both approaching 98 and I thought I should write about Nellie. The world I thought I had to know about Nellie, because I don’t believe that there could be another marriage around the world that had the same huge effect on a man by a woman like Nellie. “
His book covers their life and their history.
Born in San Francisco, raised in Brooklyn, Lou served in World War II. Nellie and her family survived life in a Japanese internment camp.
“And the fact that she is of 2nd generation Japanese descent and that I am a 3rd generation Chinese and shortly after the war it was amazing that we saw each other and fell in love without too many words”, says Moore
Lou remembers the first time he saw Nellie. It was 1946 and she was playing in a choir line. “I couldn’t take my eyes off her for the reason that I don’t know,” he said, “And I didn’t see her again until June 1, 1946, when she was having a cup of coffee at lunch. Hansen’s pharmacy. and when I saw her through the store window, drinking that cup of coffee in my chest, I almost broke out with anxiety. “
He asked her if he could sit down, she said yes, the next day he said he kissed her. Ten days later, they got married.
It’s one of her favorite memories: “And when I asked her to marry me, she said I wanted to be your wife.”
It’s the start of an incredible life together. “We loved each other and devoted ourselves to a depth that I think no couple has ever experienced in our lifetime. We’ve been married 74 years.”
In his book “Eternal Love”, Lou talks about their friendship with actor Ernest Borgnine and their careers and struggles. But it all comes back to Nellie and their love.
She passed away on October 18, 2020 and it made both eyes cry as he remembered that last day.
“I rushed to his bed.” Lou said in a calm voice. “And I touched her arm and it was still soft and tender and when I leaned in to kiss her I was shocked I saw tears in her eyes and I screamed that she didn? is not dead, she is not dead, she is not dead, she is alive, she is crying but the nurse who was with me told Mr. Moore that these are not his tears, these are your tears, your tears have touched his face. “
Lou says he hopes his book will inspire women to seek their own undying love and encourage husbands to cherish their wives,
“When was the last time you told your wife you loved her?” He asks, “Nellie and I have been married for 74 years and we have said it everyday, I love you , I love you I love you.” He says Nellie always said it all in threes. “We kissed like we kissed on June 2, 1946, that’s how a wedding should be.”
His book is a tribute, and in its pages he is again where he is with his Nellie.
“I have read the book several times 20 to 30 times since she passed away because I relive those moments that we lived,” he says, “and I have always believed as you noted that one day I will go to heaven and we will be together, together, together again to embrace and hold and continue the second phase of eternal love. “