My Parents Were Sweethearts

My latest in The Providence Journal is about how our parents were sweethearts, but I never saw it until I took a look.

Here is the link:

Old Letters From Dad

It’s appropriate for Valentines’s Day. And here is the card he sent

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:05+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Mom and Dad|10 Comments


  1. Jeanne Gianturco Jaroszewski February 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    So touching, Dr Ed. My parents were sweethearts also. While reading my dad’s WW2 diary, he notes ‘received 4 letters from my Honey, what a boost in morale’. When my dad took his monthly roadtrips from Boston to Brookly to see his parents, my mom would pack a lunch and stuff a note in the bag, ‘to my young Intern, etc…’. He would return with a gift, a little pin from Gimble’s. On Sundays, before we had our usual 2 pm Sunday dinner of pasta, meatballs, etc, my dad would leave a note on my mom’s chair which she would read aloud before we began to eat. It was thoughtful and thought provoking. My mom saved every letter and card that my dad sent her. I am so grateful to have these memories.

    • Ed February 13, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Great note, Jeanne. Romance was everywhere. I’ll bet the meatballs were made with love!
      Happy Valentine’s Day

  2. Connie February 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Back in the Forties, the four of us kids eagerly waited for Pop to come home from work every Valentine’s Day. Never missing a chance to show his love for Mom and us, he always walked in carrying the biggest red Valentine’s box of Barricini chocolates and a new handbag for Mom. We would all watch Mom open her gift and then plow into the chocolates. Dinner was an after-thought. One of Mom’s original Coach handbags still gets me compliments whenever I wear it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Ed February 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Beautiful. Love demonstrated in any number of ways can be, and usually is, everlasting. Thanks for sharing. Just as you shared the chocolates, Eh?

  3. Anne Bowen February 13, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    In recent years I have saved a card for each of us. Since Dick depends on me to get him out for anything and shopping is not one reason, the recirculated message lives on.
    Fifty years of love and marriage says it all !!

    • Ed February 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Beautiful, Anne. Happy Valentine’s Day. You and Dick live Blake’s poem….
      Love and harmony combine,
      And around our souls intwine,
      While thy branches mix with mine,
      And our roots together join.

  4. Elizabeth Salzillo February 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Lovely thought for Valentine Day. Without our parents’ love, would we be? Thank you for
    provoking some happy thoughts of them and some appreciation on this day.

    • Ed February 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Beth. I trust you had a Happy Valentine’s Day.
      Have you started your next book?

  5. joan D. February 15, 2017 at 5:04 am - Reply

    How I miss Valentine’s Day with my loved one! Every one of them was so special…but my children made up for it, they certainly had a great role model! Today I got something from them all…💝

    • Ed February 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Beautiful, Joan. Treasures to remember.

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