I attended a funeral today. This in itself is nothing unusual, sad but not out of the ordinary. However, the gentleman who passed was indeed extraordinary. He lived to the amazing age of 90. He was a veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart recipient. He loved God, he loved his county and he loved to fish and play golf. With all that he gave to this world, the greatest gift he gave was his heart. Seventy years ago, he met the love of his life and married her four years later. This love affair lead to a marriage that lasted sixty-six years.
During the service today, his grandchildren spoke of the many things that their grandfather had taught them. The tributes ended with his granddaughter reading a letter that was written to this gentlman in 1944 while he soldiered in Europe. The letter was from the love of his life to whom he given his heart for seventy years. As the letter was read, the entire audience was rapt and wept. The words were touching and emotional beyond anything I have ever heard or read. Our hearts were further broken as the love of this gentlemen's life sat quietly and listened to the letter she wrote almost seventy years ago.
This day has touched me deeply. This love letter that I was privileged to hear will stay in my heart forever. No composer or score can capture the beauty of what I witnessed today.
For a second time in one week I am fortunate enough to have witnessed a true love story. I did not witness this second love story in person but it grabbed my heart as forcefully as the first story I wrote about here this past Saturday. The previous story was about a love letter and this new love story is told in a love song.
[startquoteThis love letter that I was privileged to hear will stay in my heart forever. No composer or score can capture the beauty of what I witnessed today.
While it would be tempting to hear the letter (I'm a big fan of letter-writing), I'm thinking it might be just as intriguing NOT hearing it (if you know what I mean).
Thanks for putting the interesting thought in my head.
I hope I know what you mean. I find the memory of the recitation of this letter memorable and yes, intriguing. I would not want to re-read it on paper - it would lose the impact and the memory I relish. You are welcome.