Tuesday, August 9, 2005

the power of a good story

My dad met my mom when they were 18 and 22. They dated until things were interrupted by WWII.

When he came home from the war, he stood on the porch & said,"I can't give you much. Everything I've got in the world is in that seabag, but if you will have me, I'll love you all my life long"

My mom told me that story all my childhood..

My children love to hear it.

Because my dad died long before they were born, to them ,he is a dashingly handsome young man...for eternity..he never got sick or frail to them...they think of him as he was in his prime.

Caitlin had an assignment to write a family story,so she wrote that one.

 Her teacher's son had a girlfriend who wanted to get married,but he felt bad because he didn't have a good job.

 He was afraid he had nothing to offer her.

 Caitlin's teacher mailed him her story.

 That night he called her to say they were eloping the next day.

A good story takes on a life of its own.


courtenaymphelan said...

My father was driving down Charlston avenue in New Orleans and saw my mother walking along the sidewalk and he fell out of his car, calling and pointing to her..."I want that blonde!"...13 children and 60 grandchildren later........I am still repeating their love at first sight story....Courtenay

ckays1967 said...

What a fabulous story and fairytale ending...

gaboatman said...

What a wonderful story.  The love of your father is now a gift that keeps on giving through this marvelous tale.  I wish the eloping couple all the best the world has to offer!

alphawoman1 said...

wow how cool.  Your Dad lives on!

b4i8clover said...

Great story. Thanx.
Bon & Mal

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lurkynat said...

Dear marti,
How wonderful! It is indeed a very powerful tale of love and discernment

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tschamberland said...

That is so touching and romantic.  A tear or two fell as I read it.  All too often we forget the 'important' things in life.  

edandmariann said...

Wow that was a great story,

karebear4x4 said...

Great story girlfriend!  and the last two entries too~kbear

justaname4me2 said...

I do love a good story, the type that can be told over and over again and it touches anyone that hears it. This is a beautiful example of that........

ladyish28 said...

I wish things were as romantic now as they were back then- we would live in a different world....~Kori

briefhappiness said...

Wow...what an awesome story.  It's like a fairy tale.  Kudos.


shadierush said...

What a wonderful, and heart warming story. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.
And yes, I learned how to post my link. Thanks!http://journals.aol.com/shadierush/NeverGiveUp/

cyndygee said...

fairy tales DO come true.  Thank you for that beautiful story.

lurkynat said...

Dear Deborah,
i still can't access your Ghandi story...Ghandi is one of my favorite heroes! Thanks!

journalseditor said...

Hi Marti...just testing adding a comment here. Great story, too. -- Joe

paisleyskys said...

Often I wish I could have known my parents when they were young.
It sure would be interesting.
What a beautiful beginning for yours.
Great entry.
Wishing you health, happiness and laughter.


bosoxblue6993w said...

what a beautiful story.

MY fols went through W WII, also.    my dad's name is francis.    my mom's name is frances.    that's probably one of the reasons they wed.

i am the result of a homonym.