This 1968 triumph was new when some of our letters were written:
And so today:
We are trying to settle in a home that we built many years ago. Over 20 years have past quickly, since we left to go ‘A wandering.’ During that time we have enjoyed traveling over North America. We covered the edges of Mexico, and some of its coasts. WE have visited all the lower 48 states and most of Canada’s provinces. And then there was that great drive up through the Yukon to Alaska.
We found a spot for the RV and flew to Hawaii. I know most of this is repetitive, but Sister Shirley was the last to lease this ‘Condo’ and since her passing we are trying to settle back into this place and not empty it out to lease again.
Have you ever had long separations from ones you love and communicated via the ‘written letter?’ Before I built houses for a living I was in the military. How somethings have survived is a wonder to me. We have had over 25 addresses in several states and countries. BUT today I ran across this:
Hundreds of letters over 50 years old, hand written, back and forth. Can you spot the Air Mail letters, remember those? Most of these came from and to the USS Independence CVA 62 a Navy Air Craft Carrier.
(Not to worry honey, this is rated G)
I was shocked, I could even read my handwriting from back then. At present no one can read my notes, not even me after they get cold. Sherry was reading one just awhile ago and said Nora Roberts would be proud of my descriptive ‘naughty’ language.
The above picture shows a few, I have another book of her letters to me somewhere. Later we exchanged those small 3” reel to reel tapes, we were high tech. LOL
I am happy for the men and women in the military now serving overseas, they can talk to their loved ones back home and even see and talk to their kids. That is a wonderful thing for separations.
I remember Paula talking about corresponding with Mel while he was in Japan or Korea. From experience, there is nothing like “mail call” on a ship or foreign soil.