For a very long time, written word was the only form of long distance communication. Museums hold letters written by famous, and infamous, individuals for a reason… written word is powerful, especially when penned by the right hand. We’ve seen letters find their way home after decades and others fall from the sky, but this story will really make you believe in a love that lasts. In a special interview with their granddaughter Jenna, former president George Bush and his wife Barbara reveal incredible letters from the early days of their courtship.
“I love you, precious, with all my heart, and to know that you love me means my life,” wrote George Bush Sr. in one of the hundreds of love letters he’s written to his beloved ‘Barb’. They are precious letters filled with romance, longing, and promise that give us a glimpse into an old fashioned courtship that would melt any heart.
George and Barbara Bush started the love letter writing tradition when the former President was called to fight overseas. While they were separated, those letters were the anchor that held their love intact.
“Letters were everything,” the former president recounted. “You wait for mail call. A guy would come on the deck and say, ‘mail,’ and then, ‘Bush.’ It was wonderful.”
Thankfully the war could not separate them forever, so the Bushes put down roots… but by no means did their fire die down.
Over the years, George and Barbara have continued to write love letters to one another. The practice takes them back to a time when their love was young… before our loved ones were only a call, text, or email away.
Check out their adorable reminiscing in the Today Show interview below.
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