Sorting through all of my old letters tonight, I ran across a stack of mail from my parents, which they had sent me while I was in boarding academy and college. A couple stood out above the rest.
One is a Valentine's Day card from February of 1997, when I was 17. It says:
"Daughter, our Valentine wish for you is the same as always... that Cupid will take aim at a well-mannered young gentleman with a good job who has nothing pierced or tattooed."
The funniest part of the card is what my Father wrote underneath:
"- and no sooner than 10 years from now!" Love Daddy
Thanks a lot, DADDY! And he wonders why he doesn't have any grandchildren yet! (Out of spite I've given him two more years than his request!)
Another highlight is a poem that my mother copied down for me in a letter. It reminded me of you!
It ever has been since time began,
and ever will be, till time lose breath,
That love is a mood- no more- to man,
And love to a woman is life or death.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850 - 1919