There was a time when my mother decoupaged anything that didn't move. She made this box years ago to house all of dad's love letters from 1945 and 1946.
As I pulled out the first letter and read it, it took my heart to a place of understanding. Most of us did not experience the long separations from our loved one, unless they were in the military. I'm sure the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" had to come from the war era.
My mother had the mis-fortune of getting one of the dreaded telegrams telling her, her first fiance had been killed in the war. I can't even imagine how this would feel. So when she was engaged to my father and he left for the Navy, my mother had the bittersweet walk to the mailbox. Fortunately, love letters were what she always found.
I found a postcard from 1945 my dad sent my mother. It was quite startling because on the front of it was a 7 ft rattlesnake. Now my mother was petrified of snakes and so am I. He wrote "I ran into a friend of yours and I thought you would like a picture of him. He's a little tall for you though, Love, Kenny"
I asked my dad if he remembered this and he didn't. But he did ask if I had run across a letter where he started writing in the middle and wrote it in a circle. And then the one where he skipped a space and came back and wrote in between the spaces.
For some of you that know my dad, he's a real prankster, still is. I've heard the same jokes over and over again.
I came across a couple of vintage cards they sent each other. I wish they still made cards like this.
About the 3rd letter I read spoke of my dad on a trolley car. He saw a sailor and his wife with a little girl. In his letter he expressed how much he wanted children and hope at least one of them was a girl. He got 3 wishes, a boy and 2 girls. That was seven years before I was born. I was a thought on a trolley car:)
In June of this year, my parents will be married 65 years. I am proud I can say that. I am proud I can say in August, my husband and I will celebrate our 39th anniversary.
All of because of love letters straight from their hearts!