Echoes Of Love: The Only Remaining Love Letter George H. W. Bush Sent To Barbara Bush Resurfaces And It's Beautiful
December 5, 2018 15:49 By Mambee
Love remains the most powerful and mysterious emotions. It transcends species and borders, colors and faith. It is especially fulfilling to witness the type of love that manages to grow more beautiful with age and time, despite the obstacles.
On November 30, 2018, the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. passed away, and the world mourned him. He lived to the ripe old age of 94, a feat that earned him the title of the longest-lived American president.
George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush 's love story may be considered a fairy-tale romance. Now, the only letter that remains as a physical testament of their lovely courtship has resurfaced, we can’t help but feel the loss all the more.
Historian Michael Beschloss tweeted a picture of the letter that young Bush sent to his then-fiancée Barbara back on December 12, 1943. At the time, he was serving as a Navy pilot in the Second World War.
The only love letter Barbara Bush kept from George HW during World War II (the others were lost). It is dated December 12, 1943. “How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you—“ pic.twitter.com/9n9GDx7lAM— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) April 18, 2018
The memorable letter begins ‘My darling Bar’ and goes on to relate how pleased he was to read of their engagement in the papers, a common practice of that time.
The letter, initially written in blue ink, is emotional as he reiterates his love for her, emphasizing how lucky their children would be to have her as a mother.
It ends on an equally beautiful note, as he gleefully announces that he is due for a promotion.
He signs off:
“Goodnight, my beautiful. Every time I say beautiful you about kill me, but you’ll have to accept it – I hope I get Thursday off— there’s still a chance. All my love darling— Poppy Public fiancé as of 12/12/1943”
“Goodnite, my beautiful. Everytime I say beautiful you about kill me but you’ll have to accept it —“ pic.twitter.com/ZnMdiKzLHa— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) April 18, 2018
A cursory look at this letter shows how goofy the future president was in his youth, and it also reveals just how in love they were.
When they shared their letters on Today, in 2011, the bond was evident even though they had been married for decades.
The pair were engaged in August 1943 and got married on January 6, 1945. Unfortunately, Barbara Bush passed away on April 17, 2018, at age 92, after having opted for ‘comfort care’ following a protracted battle with chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.
These lovebirds did a great job showing what real love looks like but we hope the family can bear the loss. Our hearts go out to them.