Monday, November 5, 2012
Letters From Home
Many years ago in a faraway land,
a soldier reads letters from an old mother's hand.
He felt her presence there though oceans apart.
Every word came from a love filled heart.
Keep God in your heart and read your Bible son,
soon all trials of war you will have won.
And when you're down and out and need a friend,
just remember he'll stay with you until the end.
Daddy says hello and he loves you too.
He's so proud of you in everything you do.
He walks to the mailbox everyday,
looking for a letter to come our way.
Son, just keep writing to us and do your best.
I sure do pray you're getting plenty of rest.
The family says hello and they'll all try to write.
Daddy still goes outside to work each morning before daylight.
He pushes the wheelbarrow up and down the hill.
Maybe when you get home he'll finally be still.
I almost forgot to tell you Jane's got a new boyfriend.
I wonder how long she'll go with this one before it comes to an end.
I wish you could see them, my roses are in bloom.
I'll try and get a picture and send one soon.
Emma's got a new cow. She gave us three gallons of milk.
Son I wonder, do you get any milk?
Since he got married, Bill thinks you're mad at him.
She's a nice girl, you need to hurry and write them.
Remember that I love you and don't ever forget.
I'll always be praying for you, don't you give up yet.
With words like that, how could he not survive.
With every letter it made him feel more alive.
No matter how hot or how long the days,
they gave him hope in so many ways.
Those words of encouragement kept pushing him along,
and helped him to forget that awful war, torn zone.
When he finally came home from the Vietnam war,
only then did he see his mother's tears begin to pour.
A mother's love can reach across every sea
and come to rest where it needs to be.
Susie Swanson, 2012
I wrote and published this one in 2010 for my husband in Memory of his precious Mother. These are some of her own words in the letters that he brought back home in 1969. He had a whole stack of letters and after she passed away in 1991 we found a stack of letters that he wrote to her and his dad.. I hope you enjoyed it. Blessings, Susie