100-Year-Old Woman Shares Love Story in First ‘Humans of New York’ Video
“Shirley Hyman, age 100, has a love story for the ages.
In the first mini-documentary by Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton, Hyman sweetly reflects on her time with her late husband, Moe.
Moe and Shirley were married for just three years when Moe left to serve as a military doctor during World War II. She describes their first encounter as “a meeting of the souls.”
Hyman appeared in a HONY photo in February 2013, paired with the heartfelt caption: “When my husband was dying, I said: ‘Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?’ He told me: ‘Take the love you have for me and spread it around.'”
In the video, which was uploaded Tuesday, she tearfully finishes the thought, adding: “A love spread around. There, beauty is found.”
HONY has an extensive social media presence that spawned a book, but this is Stanton’s first dabble with video for the site. Stanton tells Mashable that video was a natural progression for his subject matter, but he’s still deciding on how the projects will unfold.
“I think HONY’s specialty is telling intimate stories about strangers, so I’ve always viewed video as a logical medium for the work,” Stanton says. “So there will be more. As far as frequency, format and length of content, I’m still unsure. Just enjoying the experimentation at the moment.”
He adds that Hyman was “an obvious place to begin.”
“Whenever I’ve interviewed her, I’ve always wished a video camera was running.””