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Did You ever Receive a Letter from Your dec's Loved Ones? July 19, 2005 5:08 PM

Nowadays, with modern technology, it's easier to email or send an SMS!  However, the old fashioned, dear, standard letter still fascinates me!  Do you like it too?  Did you ever receive one from your deceaed loved ones?  What was SO special about it?  Please let's share!

Giuliana aka Princes Little Rock

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 July 19, 2005 5:21 PM

 I have a letter from my Mom.  It's special because she was telling me that I was a good Mom.  :o)

 I also have a Birthday card that I found when we were cleaning out all her stuff.  It was written out to me so I kept it and every year I still have a Birthday card from her. 

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 July 20, 2005 4:33 AM

This is SO sweet, Daria!  What nice remembrances! 

I'm also saving a whole pile of letters from my mother...  all dating back to the time when I was attending my sophomore year of college in N.C. (on a scholarship).  She'd write once/twice a week...  telling me about her life here...  Dad sometimes would add a note but mostly mail postcards.  I can't believe it was SO long ago!  I was very happy then... enjoying my first experience in the U.S., giving talks about Italy at Rotary Club meetings, studying hard, and making new friends...  I'd keep my parents posted on my activities & they were pleased to hear I was OK and even being spoiled there!  I'll always treasure that very special correspondence.

Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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Not ever been blessed with this for she was young.... July 20, 2005 5:53 AM

Not ever been blessed with this for she was young....I did find a slip of paper I had kept with her handwriting on it. I keep it still. I also discovered some clips of conversations between her and her younger sister, Chloe` that I wrote down one day that I read over in moments of despair. It gives me hope again when I read the humor that is natural in children. ---ginger  [ send green star]
 
Letters, cards, etc. July 20, 2005 6:26 AM

My family has always kept written materials - birthday cards in which we always wrote personal notes and comments, postcards from travels, and letters that were written.  I still like to read those I received from my grandmother when I was in in sixth-grade camp and recognize her handwriting.  Laurel was a writer, too, and wrote us notes about how she loved us and was so happy to have my wife in her life.  Her handwriting changed as she got older, and we still read them to remember....  [ send green star]
 
 July 20, 2005 12:23 PM

I have a boxful of letters from my grandmother. Every now and then I'll get them out and my youngest and I will read them together; that way I can add comments about this wonderful lady she never got to meet. Honey (as we grandkids called her) always included family news about my cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as tidbits of family history, her remembrances. I kept every letter and card she ever gave me. She was one of my favorite people in the whole world!

(I don't have anything written from Naomi, and only a few postcards from John.)
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A Beautiful Letter July 26, 2005 3:50 AM

I am keeping lots of cards Tony gave me through the years, but also stories he wrote about "Princess Little Rock", her powerful father (the Chief), etc.  I also received a few letters, but  I cherish one in particular...  There was no special occasion or reason for him to write it... he simply followed his inspiration.  Here's a summary of the contents (originally in broken Italian):

"When I was very young, I had two dreams: being at sea and having my own family.  Years passed, and I achieved both.  I was also respected and wealthy.  But I wasn't happy, and I left it all.

Then I met you and realized YOU were my  dream, which came true when we got married. I dream of you whenever I hear a Neapolitan song and we start having common goals...

But the most beautiful dream comes true every day, when the sun awakens me and I see you by my side.  We enjoy ourselves all the time, then we make plans together and work on them.  This is why I am in love with you.  Now and for ever".

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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That is the beauty of love my dear Giuliana, July 26, 2005 6:48 AM

That is the beauty of love my dear Giuliana, Tony ws a good man with honorable intentions and goals and it appears a dreamer too. Which when wrapped into a person makes them very loved and missed. I feel your sadness for Tony today. I can only lend you a shoulder no matter how weary it is, it is there. Cry for now, but remember this, Tony wants you to laugh and enjoy life for him now, while you can. One thing I do believe in strongly is that they are able to look down over us and see how we handle their passing. I could be mistaken but there are times I feel their presence and know that they are there, watching out for me and over me. I pray that Tony let's you know he is still there watching over you and maintains his love for you Guiliana. You remain in my prayers  and I hope for a blessing and a sign. Much love to you my dear friend in Italy. peace---ginger  [ send green star]
 
 July 26, 2005 9:56 AM

((((Giuliana))))
Tony was a wonderful man and a loving husband; I can tell how much he loved you from that beautiful letter you shared with us. You are so lucky he was a part of your life. And now, like Ginger said, you have to live this life for the both of you. Let yourself enjoy it when you can and shed your tears when they come, too. You know you have lots of shoulders here to lean on and loving arms to wrap you in warm hugs whenever you need them.

Sometimes it seems amazing to me that we can keep breathing after having gone through such a loss... but we do, and life really does go on, and eventually we are able to enjoy it again, too. And our dear departed are never really gone from us; they are with us in our hearts always, and, I believe, they are watching over us and walking beside us. Such a deep connection cannot be broken. 
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Thank you Liz... July 26, 2005 10:23 AM

Sometimes it seems amazing to me that we can keep breathing after having gone through such a loss...Liz's words

Thank you for admitting and saying this Liz. There were times I did not want to breathe because they could not. peace-ginger

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Thank You, Girls! July 27, 2005 11:11 AM

Dear Ginger and Liz,

I read each one of your messages twice...  They brought tears to my eyes, but in a good sense.  You could understand my feelings perfectly and that made me feel good... 

Yes, Tony was a general manager and a USNR Captain....  He was used to give orders,  but he was always modest, caring. sensitive... certainly a gentle and highly developed soul! His real nature surfaced with me and made me very happy.

I don't need to add any more comments, except that I'm thankful to have such wonderful  friends as you two are.  Tony sends me messages occasionally, and I'm sure he arranged for us to meet, knowing I'd find comfort in your words...

With love and appreciation,

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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