Love Letters from the Past


I have been debating about this Love Letters from the Past post for days. I am not at all sure you are going to be interested in this. I am also not sure if it is my place to write this story, if it’s none of my business or if it’s totally out of my decor niche.

Actually, I am sure it’s out of my niche.

But, some of my most popular posts are ones that I thought you would never read. They are the most successful yet, they are the ones I was almost embarrassed to share because I was sure they were so awful.

Most definitely out of my niche.

So, I guess I have to ask. I need I know for sure what you would do.

Would you be interested in reading a real life love story?

love letters

It’s the love story of my grandmother, who at age 75 met the love of her life. No, he wasn’t my grandfather.

He was his best friend. They hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years since they attended college.

The two of them were re-united after my grandfather passed away, courted, dated, and eventually married until death did they part.

Who would have thought that love would blossom at age 75?


I have been going through my mementos, cleaning things out.

My mother passed this pile of Grandma’s letters on to me. At first I wasn’t very interested in them.

But, then I picked up and read the first letter.

I was hooked.

I organized them by date. I discovered that Grandma had also saved Joe’s letters. Not only did I have her side of the story, but his response as well.

I have only read one of them so far.

I am not at all sure if I should continue.

What do you think?

Here’s a snippet from the first letter she wrote to him. Joe had heard of his friends passing and sent his condolences to Grandma. He had lost his wife several years before and was wintering in Florida. They had not seen each other in more than 40 years.

February 1981

Hello Joe,

By now you’re sporting a golden tan! The “Bermuda High” which has been hanging over us for a week (to every one’s joy), has made me feel that spring isn’t so far away, after all. With the arrival of your letter, I saw my first robin. Did you send him up? What a thrill. We’ve never seen them so early.

I am so glad your sister is coming to stay with you for a while. You’ll enjoy her company and she will enjoy your good food. I have a feeling your a very good cook and are being far too modest. What is your specialty? With all the beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables in the markets there, you can always find variety and vitamins galore.

I am a vitamin “nut” and I do believe they make a difference in the way one feels. After examining the damage inter has done, I certainly will need more than a handful to get me through the spring chores. I have found a horrendous situation in the back lawn where moles, I assume, burrowed, making channels, chewing up grass roots, under the snow mounds. The snow is gone now, so I’m stuck with the problem. We have never had this happen before. I can’t trace their hide-out but the neighbors next door have a new kitten. Who is learning to hunt and I am depending on her help. Any good suggestions?

I’ve been wondering if you and Josie ever explored the flea market at Webster. I hear it’s one of the biggest in Florida. You haven’t mentioned when you’ll be heading north. April maybe? Late in March my daughter is coming to visit.

your letter was the highlight of my day. Love hearing from you and your life in Florida. I feel like I’ve been trapped in a cage all winter. What a fun idea to go to New England! Don’t give all of your garden to your neighbors, perhaps you can share some with me!



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