Coronavirus: Alabama man serenades 83-year-old wife through nursing home window

Coronavirus: Pandemic separates man from wife of 65 years

BAY MINETTE, Ala. — Social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic has probably hit longtime couples the hardest.

Jerry Perkins has been married to his wife, Louise, for nearly 65 years. Louise Perkins has been at an assisted living center in Bay Minette, Alabama, for nearly three years, and Monday was the first time Jerry Perkins could not see her in person, WKRG reported.

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When Jerry Perkins realized he could not sit next to his wife and could only communicate through a window, he made the best of the confining situation.

Jerry sang “You Are My Sunshine,” adding, “Did you know you are my sunshine? Even at night, you are my sunshine.”

“Going in there to see and just to be a glass apart from us was very encouraging to us to be able to see her,” the couple’s daughter, Sandra, told WKRG.

An Alabama man serenaded his wife with "You Are My Sunshine" when he was forced to communicate with her through the window of her assisted living facility.
An Alabama man serenaded his wife with "You Are My Sunshine" when he was forced to communicate with her through the window of her assisted living facility. (Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images)