When was the last time you received a handwritten letter in the mail? It's likely been a long time now that we have the use of text, email and social media to keep us connected to our loved ones.
In the time of World War II, handwritten letters were one of the few ways for loved ones to communicate with soldiers fighting overseas. These untold stories by young lovers are ones that inspire the meaning of devotion and carrying on a relationship even if you don't see each other for years.
Get your tissues ready, because these stories will show you what true love is.
A letter postmarked May 1945 was discovered in a gap under the stairs while Melissa Fahy and her father were renovating their home.
It was written by a woman named Virginia to her husband, Rolf Christoffersen who was a sailor in the Norwegian Navy.
“Dearest Husband, I still have a few minutes on my lunch hour and I was dreaming about you so I thought I’d write to my favorite pin-up boy. Are you as lonesome for me as I am for you?” Virgina wrote.
“I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun,” she continued. “That is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me.”
That's when Melissa attempted to find the owners of the letter and finally deliver it.
Just a few hours after posting on Facebook, she tracked down the couple's son in California.
The son read the letter to his 96-year-old father. Virginia had died six years previous.
When Thomas was deployed overseas during WWII the couple was merely dating, but remained connected through their letters that they wrote every day.
“They were merely dating, yet they wrote each other every day for 3 years, 3 months and 4 days during the war,” said their granddaughter Meghan Coomes Hagedorn.
Their most touching letter, was one Agnes wrote on New Year's Eve in 1943.
“The opening line was, ‘I can’t believe we didn’t see each other the entire year of 1943.’ She documented her entire New Year’s Eve that night, writing, ‘I’ll write when the bells are ringing,’ and then, ‘Happy New Year, darling, the bells are ringing, it’s 12 a.m.’ It’s like six pages long, it’s so incredible. They numbered their letters and wrote in secret code so she always knew where he was. It was very romantic,” Meghan said.
Their love and devotion to each other inspired Meghan to create her own jewelry line using replicas of the thousand of letters her grandparents exchanged.
“I only used the original letter for a few pieces of jewelry, everything else is a copy,” she says.
While Thomas died in 1999 at the age of 80, and Agnes passed away in December 2016 at the age of 94, these pieces of jewelry will have their love live through their family.
“My grandmother said, ‘I never thought anybody would care about those old letters!’ ” Hagedorn recalls. “She thought it was so neat. She got to revisit that part of her life 70 years later. It was a really special thing that we got to do together.”
Meghan's favorite letters, are those her grandmother signed with a kiss.
“She kissed all of her letters with Revlon pink and red lipstick. The color has maintained all these years. The lipstick-kissed letters are really special because it’s like her little fingerprint, it’s so unique,” she says. “And my grandfather signed his letters with, “With an ocean of love and a kiss on every wave,’ which was really romantic.”
The stories don't end here, though.