Aunt Hazel’s 1945 letter to Mama written was on top of the pile I was culling from the old trunk in my 100-year-old childhood home as I cleared my parents' estate this winter. Mama kept scores of letters in her trunk, but this one had pride of place in her stack.
Aunt Hazel's missive revealed secrets my parents kept hidden from us. It blew me away. I can't read her words without tearing up, imaging the turmoil of a young couple who longed to be together.
Aunt Hazel offered a timeless lesson about true 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 made it very difficult for the 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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