May 18, 2012

the story that came to be // letters from the past.

each of us has a story. no two are alike. similar, but not the same. some choose to embrace it, some discover it later in life, and some try to live a story that was never theirs to begin with. new roots are planted, old ones are discovered. in the end, roots become deep and no matter where you are, where you go, those roots remain. but sometimes, they intertwine and I would be foolish to call it "fate" that makes it so. sometimes love stories are formed, dry valleys appear, mountaintops are conquered, friendships are restored, new ones are discovered - it's all part of a unique story. and it's yours.
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1945. "my dearest Pamela," each letter would begin. lists and drawings, inside jokes, and memories, money matters, scrapbook ideas, all intertwined within words of endearment and love. seventy years ago, they were in love. this was there story.
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my grandfather was was an artist. my grandmother, an actress. they lived separate stories that were one day intertwined to create one they both shared. my grandfather became a soldier in World War II, trained at a little army camp outside of my little town I now call home. both my grandparents originated from Los Angeles, the birth place of my mother, yet my grandmother never forgot this little town {having lived here for a few months as my grandfather was being trained, and vacationing here with my mother when she was a little girl}.
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who would have known, that as they lived their story, they began a new one. my mother would have never lived here if it weren't for her father being trained in a little camp outside our hometown. my father would have never met my mother, and I would not be typing this story at the moment.

two simple lives intertwined. a chain reaction. and the story that came to be.

that was their story. what's yours?
xoxo,
the keeper of the garden.

17 comments:

  1. I love this post, Grace. Thank you for sharing those photographs of the letters that chronicle your grandparents' love story. It's beautiful.

    God Bless! :-)

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  2. oh, these are so sweet! it makes me excited for my someday love story :)

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  3. What a great post. Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. This was so sweet, thanks for sharing it. All too often peoples stories don't get shared and that is a tragedy. I think your grandparents is lovely.
    Blessings ~ Rachel Hope

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  5. Oh, what a beautiful story Grace! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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  6. wow, this just makes my heart melt. letters from a whole other world, it seems! at that time, my grandma wasn't even born yet. but my great-grandma was migrating over from Ireland ;D

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  7. wow, that's a great true story! and i love the drawings...you're grandfather was a very talented artist!

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  8. What a lovely story, and how wonderful to still have those sweet letters. I'm sure your children will love hearing that story from you someday. I'm in awe of the drawings, your grandfather was very good.
    Lots of love,
    Elizabeth

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  9. Aww! This is so sweet and beautiful! It makes my throat tighten to think of their devotion to each other... I wish I could have met your grandparents.

    Love,
    Gabby

    p.s. that's the kinda husband I want... the one who'll write me handwritten letters!

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  10. This is beautiful! Your grandparents' love story and the way you told it is absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing it! :)

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  11. This is such a sweet story! It is so amazing that you are able to read the letters that they sent to one another. Simply wonderful.

    Blessings,
    Emily.

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  12. Aww! I just love this post, Grace! I'm a big fan of family history and, of course, hand- written letters! As Gabby said, "that's the kind of husband I want...one who will write me hand-written letters!"

    Love you, Chica,
    ~Camille

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  13. Ah, beautiful photos and story Grace. I love this, absolutely love this. <3

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  14. That's a crazy-awesome-beautiful story!! :D

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  15. What a lovely story! It nearly makes me cry, it's so sweet! What a precious heritage you have!

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  16. So glad you shared this, what an unbelievable story! You have a way of sharing the sweetest, most special things.

    xo

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