“I only wish that it were you that I was bringing back. I can hardly wait for the hour to come when I can pull out of this town headed toward you.”
These are the heartfelt words written in a LOVE LETTER “74” years ago to my mother on March 24, 1942 by my father. Daddy’s “Love Letter” was recently discovered in a wall of the home where I grew up as a child and young adult in North Carolina. This house is over a hundred years old and is now being renovated because a fire partially destroyed it over three and a half years ago. The inside of the house was ruined by fire and smoke. However; most of the outside structure of the house remained. The letter was discovered in excellent condition and the priceless sentimental treasure and joy this letter has brought me is the best gift ever! It brought tears to my eyes as I read it a few days ago… tears like an over flowing fountain.
Receiving and reading this letter brought back a flood of emotions since both my parents are now with the Lord. Emotions of love, missing, sadness, longing to see them again and remembering what life was like in a home where I knew I was so loved, assured and valued. Seeing daddy’s familiar handwriting and realizing his genuine and sincere felt love for mother was almost over whelming as I read his two page letter. The letter was written when mother was in her first year teaching public school in Mt. Airy N.C. (Andy Griffith’s Home Town) and my father was coaching ball and a first year teacher in Jacksonville, N.C. They were sharing about their upcoming wedding and the letter reflects their plans, desires and excitement of seeing one another again really soon.
I’ve discovered as every year passes and seasons of life change that things that used to be very important to me are no longer as important anymore. The most valuable ingredient to my happiness in life is my relationship with the Lord and my relationship with family. The values that were (and still are) instilled in me as a child set the course of my life as an adult. I will forever be indebted to my parents for the gift of a good and loving home environment, memorable times with my brother and sister as well as a deep conviction in my heart that I was always loved and would always be loved no matter what.
Daddy’s LOVE LETTER written “74” yrs ago showed me that Love cannot keep quiet. It has to tell of its love! And, after “74” yrs of being hidden away in an attic someplace and finally discovered in the wall of a burned out house…this love continues to be told. It has now been discovered all over again and this time by myself, my sister and my brother. It was a memory lost forever until it was discovered in my daddy’s LOVE LETTER to my mother.
In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel’s mother gave wise counsel to her son as to the kind of wife he should find. Apparently, my daddy found that kind of wife in my mother…and his love confirmed it. When you are loved like the love I discovered in this letter a few days ago, you understand that you don’t have to earn anything for that kind of love and favor. You don’t have to charm or pretend you’re something that you’re not.
Some unexpected and extraordinary blessings in life are like rainbows after rain OR a “74” year old LOVE LETTER found in the wall of a burned out house – all are Gifts waiting to be discovered on an ordinary day!