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love letter

The Letter

It was July 1967 after graduation. I was sitting in the Maid-Rite chomping on a greasy burger and sipping a strawberry shake with one of my long time high school friends. We were talking about our future after high school. He had his life planned out…college, job and then marriage and kids. I marveled at those plans since I had no idea where my life was about to take me. Little did we know that only a few months later I would be sending letters to this sweet friend in Vietnam. Letters on rose-covered parchment stationary stamped with a sealing wax “C.”  Sometimes the best laid plans must wait.

This song, The Letter by the Boxtops, played all summer long and into the fall.  We in our small town listened and danced to it. Those young men, like my friend, listened and fought to it.  And all of us prayed with each letter that was written and received that the words to the song … Lonely days are gone, I’m a-goin’ home, ‘Cause my baby just a-wrote me a letter…would happen.

Good morning from the Paperback Writer in Phoenix!  Get up, dance and enjoy!