I have written about some of the things she had kept that I gave her: Floral Bouquet for Mother's Day and Mother's Day Gift from My Mom. I truly cherish the fact that she saved all of our correspondence and that I have these to share with my children.
Last night, as I was going through the box a folded note fell out. I picked it up and it was that old typewriter thin paper, and I opened it...and my mother's handwriting was clear as day. I read the date June 8, 1967 and was floored! A seven page letter from my mother to the six of us children even though I had not been born yet.
The letter is of a young woman grieving and worried if something happened to her would the children know their parents. It is a letter that is powerful as she shares Dad's last thoughts about the children, being a father, and his character as a man.
I am going to share snippets after I get a copy to each of my siblings, as this is not a story that should remain within my family. My parents were more than I ever realized, more than I ever understood, and they truly were part of a generation that loved this nation.
Here's Dad and Mom on their wedding day
They were married only 6.5 years
Had five children when he was killed in Vietnam
and I was born 2 months later making mom a widow with six children five and under.
UPDATE: I thought I would include a photo I have posted before~one of my mother receiving the Silver Star and the Purple Heart that were awarded to my dad posthumously. I think that this is a powerful photo as the wee ones in this photo became the legacy of that young couple that I am proud to say were my parents. (I am the babe in mom's arms)