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A man from Ningbo, eastern China's Zhejiang province, keeps a diary in memory of his deceased wife that has already exceeded 1.5 million words, Ningbo Evening News reported. The man, named Chen Xiukang, started his diary four years ago, writing about 1,000 words every day. He spends five to six hours writing in the diary each day.|
In 1967, Chen married his wife, Chen Shuxiang, in Ningbo. Their wedding ceremony was simple, but Chen said it did not affect the quality of their marriage, and that the most important thing was the love between them.
During their 45 years of marriage, the couple experienced love and closeness. Even life’s hardships failed to wear away their great mutual affection. However, Chen's wife passed away on May 7, 2012.
After she died, Chen was filled with sorrow and was extremely lonely. But Chen, who is well educated and also experienced military life, decided to distract himself from his grief by writing a memoir. He knew that wallowing would only cause troubles for him and his children.
At first he wrote about 1,000 words every day; later, the number doubled. Now he spends five to six hours writing the diary each day. Chen shares everything with his wife through his diary entries.