There are many stories about how the habit of love locks came to be. The one I have heard most often and chose to write here begins in a Serbian town of Vrnjacka Banja.
A young couple got engaged and prepared to get married - and then World War I began. The young man, Relja, had to don his uniform and leave for war. The bride to be, Nada, waited for his return faithfully - only to learn later that he had forgotten about her and found new love in Corfu during the war.
The story goes that Nada, heartbroken, died soon after. The ladies of Vrnjacka Banja, being superstitious, and sad about Nada's fate, started to write their names, together with those of their betrothed into locks. These locks they attached to the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. The keys of the locks were thrown into the river, and this, they believed, would ensure everlasting love to each couple whose names were on the locks.
The habit spread to such a degree that today many cities around the world have to take off these locks regularly as their weigh is already damaging the railings of bridges.
This little lock, however, was alone on a little bridge off the trodden path near where we live.