Mommy and Daddy’s Love Letters; A true story from the 1950s.
Published by Cal Harrop at Smashwords
Copyright 2012 Cal Harrop
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This book is dedicated to my parents, Walter and Marie Harrop. They met in early 1951 and were married June 16, 1952. When they met, Daddy was a farm hand who lived near Quincy, Missouri. Mommy worked as a housekeeper for a family in Kansas City. Her parents lived near Bentonville, Missouri. They met because Daddy occasionally worked for and was a close neighbor to Mommy’s aunt and uncle. On March 20, 1951 Mommy wrote Daddy a letter. Daddy sent her a reply. This started a series of letters between the two that lasted until they were married a little over a year later. One would write a letter and the other would soon send a reply. The only break in these series of letters was when Mommy came home to visit her parents. Mommy came home to see her parents about every other weekend. On those occasions, Daddy would pick her up at the bus station in either Warsaw or Osceola, Missouri on Friday night and Daddy would drop her off at the bus station to go back to Kansas City on Sunday.
All together they wrote 129 letters to each other. Mommy sent the first of 66 letters to Daddy with the first letter postmarked March 21, 1951. Daddy sent the first of 63 letters to Mommy with the first letter postmarked March 26, 1951. The last letter Mommy sent to Daddy was postmarked June 11, 1952. The last letter Daddy sent to Mommy was postmarked June 9, 1952. Most of this book has the exact text of every letter written word for word. When you read these letters, you will be taken back to the early 1950s in the middle of the United States. You won’t find any racy comments or a need to censure any of this material. What I think you will find is a loving relationship between a man and a woman that was typical of the time. This relationship lasted over 48 years until Daddy died on November 28, 1999 at age 79. Mommy died a year later on November 28, 2000 at age 75.