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Monday is our forty fourth anniversary. I blogged about how I met my wife with Love with a Stamp which is reprinted here. Above is the first ten gifts one is suggested to give a woman for each year. On the 44th. The notation is paper. So with that in mind I went with my wife to a photography studio here in Winter Haven, Florida and asked them to reprint and fix up two pictures my wife has. One shows her mother and grandmother together. It is old. It is frayed and they promise to make it come alive again. My wife’s mother died when she was three and she was raised by her Grandmother. Her Grandmother passed many years ago. So this picture is worth a lot to her. To restore it will mean a lot to her. I think it is a good present. The second picture is one of her Grandmother alone. She is old in the picture but for a woman of less than one hundred pounds she demanded respect. She raised my wife and did a great job. Both pictures hold sentimental value and will be framed and put up on a shelf. I think I did good. What do you think?
A Love Story with a Stamp
A long time ago when I was single and living in an apartment in Brooklyn I had a roommate. His girlfriend told me of a young lady who lived on Miami Beach who needed to be cheered up because she had just broken up with someone. Would I write her a note to brighten her up.
So I did. A couple of days later I got a letter back. At the bottom was a memo which asked me to write again. So I did. Later that week I got another letter and the rest you can figure out. Since I was running out of ideas of what to write about, I brought the project to my first period seventh grade class who helped me write the letters of the next few weeks.
The kids in the class got a big kick out of the project and since I was teaching English it fit in with the curriculum. It also made the students feel some empathy which I guess was a good thing.
After numerous letters, back and forth, Alice decided that I was okay and invited me to meet her on my Christmas vacation. So I did. We hit it off and when I returned during my Easter vacation I proposed. We got married.
Three kids later and two grandchildren turned out because of the United States mail system. But then again stamps were cheaper. Would I do it all over again? You betcha.
A side note. My wife was born in Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, Sept. 15, 1945. I was born in the same hospital on Dec. 17th. The same year. I think the same maternity room and maybe the same crib. Held by the same nurse and birthed by the same Doctor. Were we meant for each other. I think so.