Tuesday, February 14, 2012

pure & simple love...





Last year I found a packet of World War II love letters at an auction. Bundled together with cotton twine, they were an accounting of a love that stretched across the world between a couple named Helen & Irwin. He was in the Navy and at sea...a world away from their little life here in Illinois.  




I have every letter written back and fourth...for almost every single day he was away from home. It is like being present for a conversation...I read his letter, then hers. They are sweet, sometimes romantic...but mostly I can see how much he missed her, and missed home and the simple things they shared. 




The speak of going bowling together, how much he misses her cooking...and how he is saving his pay to buy them a new home when he gets home. She is saving dimes for their little 'nest egg'. 

I can't tell you the last time a dime meant so much to two people.




And I cannot tell you how much I love that he started each letter with "Dearest Darling Helen"...

and how beautiful it is that his first line of his Valentine letter simply started "Twilight is gradually coming upon us"...unknowingly, this simple man named Irwin from a small town in Illinois was writing a poetry, of sorts. 

{sigh...}

So today I am wishing you a Valentine's Day full of the love like Helen & Irwin had. 

Simple....and Sweet. Full of little joys and appreciation for love and life. 

Happy Day, friends. 



36 comments:

  1. Very, very poignant . . . my favourite today . . .
    Have you thought about doing a family trace . . .

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  2. So beautiful! And to think, with today's technology, love letters like this may never be written on paper again.

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  3. What a wonderful find:)
    Happy Valentine's to you too!

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  4. how beautiful :) Happy Valentine's Day!!
    xoxo~

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  5. It will be so sad to no longer have hand written letters of the sort.It makes you wonder if Life was good to them.
    I have letters to my Dad from his Mother and Grandmother.Priceless I think~Cheers Kim xox

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  6. Thanks for sharing...such a great story
    ~~~Happy Valentines Day
    ~Cheryl

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  7. So sweet ... brought tears to my eyes .
    Happy Valentine's

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  8. How sweet...I love these letters. What special finds.
    Happy Valentines Day to you!

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  9. That is the very best of what love is. So pure and sweet. Wonder what happened to them. Have a very sweet day.

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  10. What a treasure, indeed! Happy LOVE day to you! Much love, Lisa

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  11. I have a similar set of letters between my grandparents from before they were married. She was at home with her mother and sister and he was looking for work along the East Coast (it was during the depression). When he finally got a stable job, I have the letters in which they planned their small wedding.

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  12. What a wonderful post. Happy Valentines Day to you also.

    Donna

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  13. Happy Valentines day Mary...I just acquired a bumch of letters I need to read them as well!! xoxo T

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  14. A couple months ago I found a letter my grandfather (who has passed) had written my grandmother (who is still living). It was a rare treat into the side of my grandfather I had never known. I know there have to be more and I look forward to reading those as well.

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  15. I love this! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. This is exactly why we write cards and letters to each other and date each one... What a beautiful reminder!

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  17. Have you tried to track the relatives of this couple .... They would prob enjoy and cherish these letters as much as you are,,,, <3

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  18. What a sweet couple they were! I hope they lived a long and happy life together!

    XO,
    Jane

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  19. How beautiful, and lovely that you have them in your safe keeping. It always astounds me that such treasures are lost from families and just found for sale by strangers.............wouldnt it be lovely to return them to family who would treasure them.

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  20. What a great find! So sad that one of them took the care to save and they ended up at an auction.

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  21. Oh my goodness, this has brought tears to my eyes... I'm not sure they're are any men like that anymore! =)

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  22. Love this. There was a story in a local paper today of a woman who bought a love letter in a n antique store. The couple was engaged and he was in the war. She tracked them down. They did marry and have been sweethearts ever since. Loved their story too.

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  23. Lovely! In the world of email and constant communication its nice to reflect on the letters shared between lovers where the response in not instantaneous. I'm sure they are a delight to read and you are lucky to treasure them. I wonder if any current relatives know they exist. I would love to have love letters written between my grandparents - it would be an amazing gift!

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  24. Sounds like those were amazing to read. We are British and my husband is a big WW II history fanatic, and he especially loves reading about the experiences of everyday soldiers. He'd love something like this for sure.

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  25. this is so cool...how romantic! i just love those airmail envelopes too!

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  26. So sweet! I love it - I'm such a romantic and this really makes me teary!!! Do you know if he ever did come home safely to his wife (I'm sure he did...but wanted to be sure it was a "happy ending!")?!?!?! :) Wishing you a Happy Heart Day too!!! :)


    XOXO's,
    Jessie

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  27. What a beautiful love story,....how special the love between them!! Simple and sweet!!
    Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  28. I'm with everyone else - how does it "end"??

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  29. thanks for sharing this beautiful find. love hearing about saving dimes for their nest eggs, too sweet. i have similar letters by tommy and marie, my grandpa and grandma during WWII. they are also sweet, he talks about having his younger brother back home watch out for her and check on her. time to get them out and read them again. thanks.

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  30. Since you have the envelopes and the addresses would it not be possible to track down this charming couple or their descendants so they can share in the family story?

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  31. This is the sweetest post. These letters are definitely treasures. Makes one wonder how they ever ended up in an auction. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

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  32. What a beautiful, amazing find. Thank you for sharing this treasure with us.

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  33. that made me cry.
    how beautiful. you should send it to a publisher....

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  34. I find it so sad that these didnt stay with their family and they were available to buy at an auction... a beautiful insight into love between to people nevertheless...

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  35. Hey
    pure & simple love...
    I enjoy your blog!, This unique is just a totally nicely structured posting, I do appreciate the writing
    Thank you!

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