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Friday, February 14, 2014

Love notes...

These are my parents, Leonard and Shirley.

Last year was a rough year for them as they both had strokes. It's really hard for me to see them get old. I love them so much and just wish they could stay the same way I remember them about 10 years ago. God set up our lives to be different than that though, and he planned that all of us will age as we live our lives out on this earth. We must embrace the path that God has chosen for us.
Anyway, after they both had strokes within one week of each other, my sisters and I went over to start cleaning out their garage. I was working on the workbench area and when I opened this drawer I saw a whole bunch of foil and I wondered what in the world it was.
Upon closer inspection it was several individual pieces of foil and there was writing all over each piece.
I looked closely at them and discovered that they are sweet love notes from my mother to my father. She wrote these sweet notes on the foil that she wrapped around the lunch she made for him, and my father saved them and hid them away for safekeeping in a drawer out in the garage for the past 12 years. I want you to know that I asked my Dad if it was okay to take pictures and blog about these and he gave me his permission. This first one says, "Dear Handyman & Gardner, Somebody loves you - Can you guess who? xxoo S" Oh my gosh...they are so cute!!!
They are so darling! This one says, "Handyman, Leonard, my heart belongs to you! S"
"Leo, A fancy meal for a faithful husband, thanks for loving me! Love, Shirley"
It's so cute to realize that after almost 50 years of marriage that they still flirted, this one reads, "Dear Handyman, I heard you are leaving to get other work. Please don't. I love you and I want you to stay. I baked you a little pie. Love, Cook Shirley."
"Dear Handyman - Not only do you take good care of my house and yard, but you are pretty good looking! I'm in love with you! Please love me too! Love, Head Cook" I love it that she called him handyman and she called herself the head cook! So flirty and fun! This is one of the good things that my mother passed to me, to always flirt with my husband, which is such sound advice!
"Dear Handyman - I made this for you because I like you. I hope you like it as much as I like you and I hope you like me. Head cook of House. P.S. My name is Shirley, what's yours?"
"L+S = Love"
"Leo + Shirley (true love always)"
"L, Remember - I love you! S"
"Leonard, My darling, handsome, hard working, smart and loving husband, I love you and I'm thankful for you. You do everything right! - Your wife and your cook, Shirley." These are just a sampling of them, there are many more!
My parents at their 50th wedding anniversary party
It's really fun to find out sweet things like this about your parents. Those letters were written back in 2001 and 2002 and it's wonderful to know that after all their years of marriage they were still in love and still flirted with each other like that! I don't think my mother is able to write my father sweet notes like this anymore, but I know that she still loves him the same and that he loves her more than ever.

This April they will celebrate their 58th anniversary, what a testament to true love!
Happy Valentine's Day Mom and Dad! I love you!

"The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18

Hugs, Sharon


Happy@Home said...

Awww, how sweet. I'm so glad your dad allowed you to share these special love notes.
I don't know which is cuter... your mom writing the notes or your dad saving them all.
What a wonderful Valentine's Day post this is. Lovely photos of your parents too.

elizabeth said...

Those notes are the sweetest thing ever!

as always starzie said...

Hi Sharon! What a beautiful love story! Your parents are such a beautiful example of love! I married my one true love 42 years ago. We met when I was 13, and have been togather in love every day since! Has it always been easy? No. But we made a commitment in front of family, friends and God 42 years ago and honor that commitment! I know you understand this, because you married your one true love!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Judy said...

Awe, how beautiful is that. Thank you for sharing something so sweet between your parents.

Kathi said...

Sharon, This is a darling post! I love it that our parents wrote cute notes to each other (I know these were from Mom, but Daddy wrote many as well). It's so romantic and cute. Thank you for sharing this. Love, Kathi

Mardell said...

Tears in my eyes! This is SO sweet, Sharon. Just so SWEET.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

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