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Fond Thoughts Of Long-Ago Love

Dear Ann Landers: Would you please print this letter to a certain sailor who served in World War II? I’m hoping he will see it and feel better about the way we parted. After all these years, it is still filed in my heart under “unfinished business.” - South Bend, Ind.

Dear South Bend: Here is your letter - a real heart-tugger. If I hear from your sailor, I will let you know.

Dear Sailor Boy who served aboard a ship in the Aleutian Islands: It has been over half a century since we have seen each other - a long time since you sent your letter proposing marriage. You asked me to reply when you returned home from the service, but unfortunately, you never did find out what my response would have been.

I want you to know I tried, but certain unscrupulous people intervened for reasons I will never be able to understand. My heart was broken. By the time you tried to contact me and set things straight, it was too late. I had given up on you, convinced that you had found another love, and I married someone else.

Through all these years, you have not known that my response to your proposal was “yes.” I want you to know that I have forgiven you for what happened and always knew it wasn’t your fault. Among my souvenirs, I have all your letters tied with blue ribbons and pressed roses. I have many pictures of us together. I also have your dog tags. These are kept with my family treasures.

Every year, on the cusp of Aquarius, I say a special prayer for your birthday. You will forever remain locked in a special part of my heart. I pray that you have had a good life, with much happiness, and that your dreams have been fulfilled. My life has been a good one. I have a fine husband and wonderful children and grandchildren. I couldn’t ask for more. But I often think of what my life would have been like with you. I will close by signing your special name for me. - “Little One”

Dear Ann Landers: I found this verse in a column of yours in my father’s desk drawer. It was in a date book from 1974. It’s as good today as it was 23 years ago. Please re-run it. - Dixie

Dear Dixie: I agree. Thank you for asking. Here it is:

Forget It by Judd Mortimer Lewis

If you see a tall fellow ahead of a crowd,

A leader of men, marching fearless and proud,

And you know of a tale whose mere telling aloud

Would cause his proud head in anguish be bowed,

It’s a pretty good plan to forget it.

If you know of a skeleton hidden away

In a closet, and guarded, and kept from the day

In the dark, and whose showing, whose sudden display

Would cause grief and sorrow and pain and dismay

It’s a pretty good plan to forget it.

If you know of a tale that will darken the joy

Of a man or a woman, a girl or a boy,

That will wipe out a smile or the least bit annoy

A fellow, or cause any gladness to cloy,

It’s a pretty good plan to forget it.

Dear Readers: This is Ann talking. A sure sign of class is the ability to keep from telling everything you know.

xxxx


 
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