What History's Love Letters Reveal

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    It may interest members. During the second world war my parents wrote many love letters to each other.

    My mum at the time lived in London with my Dad's mother and his sister. Mum and dad actually used to go to the pictures or movies whilst the Germans were bombing London. I often said to my mum, were you not scared? She replied, you just had to carry on with your life. I have heard numerous stories of bravery at that time.

    Mum was an air raid warden as well, making sure people were safe in the shelters.

    Mum used to spend her time whilst the Germans were bombing writing letters to.dad who was in Norway at the time and in the artillery.

    I only found out about the letters much later on in mums life once dad had passed away.

    I asked mum what happened to the letters. The reply was. They were burned as they were private. Only your dad and I knew what was in those letters.

    I said it was such a shame as it would have been such a good source of the history at that time.
     
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    Awww that's a lovely story @Honey Gee :) Shame that you didn't get to inherit them, but I suppose mum might have felt that there was too much naughtiness in them for 'children's' eyes so she destroyed them ;)... My mum was only 6 years old when the war started, so there's nothing like those kind of precious memories in our family...
     
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    I felt sad @Holly Saunders as I only found out when mum was terminally ill. I thought maybe there was too much information in them. It would have been lovely just to have a peek at a few.

    Mum was 36 when she had me back in the 50's considered quite old in those days. She was great fun despite being an older mum.
     
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    Awwww I can understand how you must have felt when you discovered there had been letters and didn't get a chance to see them. I'm not a romantic, but I'm a HUGE history Buff..and love to read anything to do with letters between couples who have been separated because of war or conflict...or any reason at all, from way back in the day.

    Yes, 36 was old in those days to have a first or second baby...but many women who'd had a big family starting at the age of 20 were still having babies in their mid to late 30's like your mum. I know both sets of my grandparents did...

    It's wonderful tho' to hear you had a great childhood...I hope you had her for a long time.. x
     
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    Until I met my second husband @Holly Saunders my childhood right up until I left home in my twenties was the happiest.

    Without depressing everyone my work became my driving force.

    I am now reaping the benefits of a rewarding and happy life in my later life.

    None of my friends or family were ever aware until I took steps to correct that.

    I love history too.
     
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    That was fascinating reading. I would like to read the letters that Ike and Mamie wrote. Didn't Ike have a mistress?
     
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    @Shirley Martin

    In a way, yes, two of them, but "mistresses" of a different nature. The three of them, the other two being MacArthur and Patton, as young Officers, led the attack on their own kind at Hooverville.

    Sorry for indulging myself, but I have been exposed to the dark side of Great Leaders.
    Frank
     
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