Saturday, July 30, 2016

Love, Ralph

The year, 1939.  Mother sixteen, Daddy twenty-seven.  
My great grandparents spirited mother away ~ they considered Ralph a man about town! 
~ way too old for their innocent Miss Ona. 
Love prevailed, Mother took the train from Doniphan to St. Louis ... the rest as they say is history. 

thanks, Daddy ~
you never gave up
knew at first glance
she was the one ~
all these years later
we know it too


  1. Such a truly romantic story, Helen! One's parents' love story is a special thing - our lives depended on it.

  2. Smiles. i am glad she followed her heart,
    and brought us you. you know.

  3. How MANY "happily ever afters" begin! :)

  4. This just gives me a warm feeling. I have to say finding those old notes is just a treasure.

  5. I LOVE the postcard and the photo - and the poem! Gorgeous.

  6. Dearest Helen,
    This is so very touching...
    Your Dear Mother was thus one year older than my Mom.
    Yes, TRUE LOVE always does prevail!
    Funny enough, yesterday we went swimming at our friends' and had dinner with them.
    He too is over ten years older.
    Sending you hugs and blessings,

  7. It is just amazing to find such 'discoveries' with some wonderful background stories to them. To think that true love runs deep. Great piece Helen!


  8. I was about to echo true...and I love the name Ona...I considered changing my name to Ona...lovely story, Helen!

  9. How cool!


    PS awesome job on the off-the-shoulder tops!

  10. Good job of sharing your pedigree, Helen. Your postcard, telegrams, and photograph tell a story between the lines of your nice daughter daddy appreciation telling poem.
    Sort of been there myself, four really great kids from our young marriage. But it only lasted 13 years, young brides miss a lot, way too much missed for my ex. There's a lot more that neither of us will ever share.

  11. This made me smile. Such a sweet bit of family history.

  12. Oh so very very sweet! I can't believe I missed this Helen! So sorry. Very charming story and your own poem/letter! Thanks. k.

  13. What a treasure you have in those photos and notes. Such a beautiful love story.

  14. Oh, I love this. My dad was born in 1939. It's amazing to think how much has changed, but love is still the same.