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I'm quite fond of Benedict and of the spoken word. He does a great job with this love letter. I wish so much I could know how the story ended. Did he make it home? Was she waiting?

I have a box filled with all the letters my father wrote my mother during WWII. Wrinkled,soiled,censored, written in his beautiful script on parchment thin paper, quite a treasure. Soon I shall have to read them again.


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Mar. 24th, 2017 01:17 am (UTC)
Dear E,

My father wrote letters to my mother from overseas as well. For whatever reason, after he'd died, I heard that he'd given the letters to one of my nephews, who, as far as I could tell, had no particular interest in the war or family history or anything literary. Whereas, at the time, I was trying to incorporate what little I knew of my father's wartime experiences into poems, short fiction, whatever.

And so I could never quite fathom my father's decision to do this, not even so much that it deprived me of a unique writer's resource but that it deprived me of a glimpse of my own early history, my place in the early years of my parents' relationship. Still, I never would've thought to question his decision in this. They were his letters to do with as he pleased and that is apparently what he did.

As your friend in the arts, I'm so glad for you that your parents did differently...



Edited at 2017-03-24 01:19 am (UTC)
Mar. 25th, 2017 11:54 am (UTC)
My parents did not marry till Dad returned from the war and i was born the following year. I'm pretty sure that Mom was writing to a number of soldiers, and have always wondered if it was those letters that swayed her to choose my father. He was sure a smooth talker, my dad. Unfortunately their marriage wasn't a happy one, but as folks used to do they stayed together till the end. I wish i had asked more questions, but not sure they would have answered as both were very tight lipped about the past. So maybe when I'm feeling better I'll get out that box as I've never read them all. Dad fought in the Pacific Theater and sometimes wrote more than once a day so there is an amazing number of letters.
Mar. 24th, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
That sounds like some wonderful reading - wish I had something like that. I don't think my dad ever had the occasion to write to my mom. Though he repeated the story of meeting her to us lots of times.
Mar. 25th, 2017 11:57 am (UTC)
In a way that story may mean more than the letters. My parents never talked about their personal history and I never asked.
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