Aunt Hazel’s letter written to Mama in 1945 was on top of the pile in the old trunk in the basement of my childhood Connecticut home. It was one of a flurry of letters in Mama's kept all this years, but this one had pride of place in her stack.
Clearing my parents estate was difficult enough, but this discovery made the process easier, though still bittersweet. Aunt Hazel's missive revealed secrets my parents kept hidden from us. As a child and even into adulthood, I never imaged my parent's turmoil as a young couple, separated by different backgrounds and living a continent apart, who longed to be together.
Aunt Hazel offered a timeless lesson about love. I don’t share her words easily outside the family. They are beyond precious to me. I hope you find them meaningful, too.
During WWII, a handsome young sailor from New Haven, CT,
met and fell in love with the beautiful USO Queen
when he was stationed in Everett WA.
Her family didn't want their daughter
moving 3,000 miles from home
with a stranger of a different culture and religion.
They did their utmost to break up the relationship.
They did not want young couple to be together.
However, one person, the USO Queen's Aunt Hazel,
wrote to her niece
with compassion and wisdom
about finding lasting love.
Here's what Aunt Hazel penned:
the handsome sailor and the USO Queen
listened to her Aunt Hazel.
remained deeply in love
for their 65 years together
on this earth.
Have you discovered treasures in old letters? What do you think are the secrets to a lasting love? Please share your thoughts in the comment section
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