Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ LETTERS/MAIL



Love Letters ~ Watercolor by Wanda

She was the daughter of an affluent Rancher.  He was a dirt poor farmer.  They met, and since they lived 100 miles apart, they began a friendship through letters.   Over the next year they wrote, but as the months rolled on the friendship letters became love letters.  The next time they met a year later, he proposed, she accepted.  They married.  That was my mom and dad.

My sister and I had heard about the love letters over the years, but never had seen them.  Mother was a private woman.  After her passing as we were going through her things, we found the letters.

The ones my dad sent mom were in pristine condition tied with a ribbon.  The ones my mom had sent him, were tattered, worn, smudged and tied with a string.  He must have carried them in his overhauls while plowing, and read them over and over again.  

My sister and I sat down and read them aloud.  Laughing and crying and seeing a side of our parents we had never known.

It seemed appropriate to share their love story since "letters" is the theme for this week.

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25 comments:

  1. Wanda, What a beautiful story and cute painting of the love letters. I love old letters. I have some stashed away. Not love letters though. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. What a wonderful love story. It could be a movie and how great you discovered and read them with your sister.

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  3. Those are precious memories. It's fun and very intimate to go through parents things after they're gone and see another side of them. I love the way yu presented the theme Letters..great watercolor and wonderful story.

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  4. What an intriguing story, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love the water colors.

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  6. What a wonderful story to go with your beautiful 'letter/mail' art, just wow and thanks for sharing.

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  7. what a sweet story. and the art is just perfect. & I like the added flowers which to me signifies something memorable & sweet.

    have a lovely day.

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  8. What incredible treasures you have! The blossoming love between your parents documented all those years ago. Precious beyond words...

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  9. How wonderful that you have them, love the picture.

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  10. What a fun thing to find and a sweet story! :)

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  11. This brought a tear or two! I loved the story Wanda and am so glad you and your sister discovered and enjoyed the 'love letters'. Such a pretty painting - sad to think young lovers today only text and will have no written words, or tied with ribbon envelopes, in their eventual family history to pass along.

    Happy week.

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  12. A beautiful painted piece to illustrate this week's theme, Wanda. Quite touching and it even brought a tear to my eye. Such a beautiful love story from times gone-by.

    My Mum and Dad corresponded via letters too and my Dad even proposed to my Mum in a letter. He was stationed in Malaya at the time and Mum was back in Britain after her Dad had been stationed in Malaya...where they had both met.

    Have a lovely week,
    Serena :)

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    1. I love your parents story too and Malaya no less! I wonder if my mother knew your parents as part of the ex-pat community overseas?

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  13. What a beautiful story. So glad you found those letters. Such a wonderful memory of them. Your watercolor is so sweetly done.

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  14. How wonderful! You are so blessed to have these! True love.....it makes me tear up. I've always thought that our words live on even after we are gone. Your parents prove this to be true.....

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  15. Yes, a side of your parents that you wouldn't have know until you read the letters. A great piece of family history.

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  16. A beautiful post, dear Wanda! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  17. Wanda, such a beautiful painting. I lvoe the ribbon and strong and how you;ve shown the letters from your DAd to your mom and vice versa, as described above. And WOW, what a fabulous story! Sooo romantic and, yes, reminds me much of Janis' parents story and even the painting being similar. As I wrote to her on her post, what a legacy you both share: to have those letters between your parents and to know how much they loved each other all those years. You truly can never know what advantages that much have given you in life to have that example and stability! It goes to show in your own person. Ha, both mine and Alex's parents stories are something else altogether. In fact, Alex's mom's life is truly tragic and my parents were married (not to each other more than once, mind you) a total of 12 times, if you counts my Dad's 1st marriage which was annulled by his wife's parents after over 6 months as she was still jsut under 18. In fact the only marriage that, as my mother says, didn't really count in that it was not recognised by courts as both parents were still married to their former spouses, although separated, was the one to each other as I was conceived! Lol. Makes for some good stories, but not nearly as romantic as a long love like your parents had with those letters, etc.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I loved the post and the post painting! Wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I going to respond to your comment back on your post.

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  18. Thank you everyone for your sweet and thoughtful comments. I so appreciate your visits on Scribble Picnic. You are all my treasures.

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  19. Wanda,
    Somehow I missed coming back to your blog and commenting. Got sick last week right on Scribble picnic day. I have been reading over all the letters I have in my possession. It's fun to read the words used. Dad used the word "chaps" for his friends a lot. :)
    Lovely picture!!.
    Blessings
    Janis

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  20. Beautiful portrayal of a beautiful love!

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  21. This is very endearing. How lovely to have written memories of a time gone by. I have a few love letters from a romance when I was very young and I read them once in a while. Bittersweet.

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