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3. Letters from my mother

Feb. 11, 2012

What happened to my mother’s letters?  I wish I knew.  Dad never said directly that he threw them away but he must have.  He was always a bit sheepish when I asked him.  He knew that I would eventually have his letters and that I wanted to  write about them and he was okay with that.  But he was private about the letters he received.  He never came out and said what he did with them.  They were just lost to time.

I do know that they arrived in pink envelopes, sprinkled with perfume and he treasured him.  I know this from his letters to her.  She may have kissed an envelope or two with lipstick, because she kissed some of the envelopes she received from him.

She also used the envelopes that his letters arrived in for practicing her spelling.  She was never very confident about her spelling and she wrote some words several times before  she got it right.

By the time I finally began to read and work on the collection, I told Mom that since her letters were missing, I would email her the transcriptions and she could email me back her comments and memories.  At least she would be part of the record that way.

Unfortunately, like we all do, I thought I had forever.  She was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2003, three  years after my Dad died.  It wasn’t until after she had her first chemo and was in her first remission that I realized I had better start talking to her about her memories.  I think she enjoyed it as much as I did.

I wish I had been more diligent , and accomplished more than I had, but I am grateful that we at least got through about 1/4 of them.

On September 26, 2004, the day before my birthday, she wrote, “Reading these letters are fun-but I have forgotten most of the ones that you have sent so far.  So they are all new to me.”

So much for getting my mother’s historical perspective.

Several of the early envelopes have kisses, and practice spellings on them like this one.

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