I knew that Mom and Dad got engaged after only knowing each other for 4 days. I think I even knew that they had written each other during their engagement. What I didn't know was that Dad had kept all of Mom's letters and that Mom still had a few of Dad's. I didn't find that out until after my dad died. I read all of them. But why read should you read Art and Peggy's letters? They weren't your parent so who are they to you? Were they famous? A school bus driver/ farmer and a teacher? What did they do that was so great besides fall in love? They stayed in love. Less then fifty percent of marriages last. Ponder how many of those do so out of habit. Add to that the fact that Art and Peggy got engaged within four days of meeting each other; and that for the first eight months they were in a long distance relationship. Those are some pretty steep odds. Now imagine being with someone for forty years and still kissing them goodnight, every night. For them to still be able to make you laugh. For that laugh to still be the sweetest song you've ever heard. To be in love with someone from the first moment you see them until their dying breath. And when your lover's heart, which has beat for you for almost four decades, stops, you say, "I just didn't think we'd have such little time together". What was it like in the beginning of the relationship? How did they meet? Were they sure? These letters are the first eight months of just such a relationship. They show the honesty, sacrifice, courage, commitment, and, of course, the love that it takes to stay the course. Sadly the letters also echo the longing that would come almost forty-years later when they were once again torn apart. If what they did isn't considered a remarkable feat worthy of our admiration, not to mention envy, then perhaps we need to re-examine or priorities. But if you do think it worthy, then, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to my mom and dad; or, as they're known to their friends, Art and Peggy.
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August 2014 : Canada Paperback