A legacy of Love Letters

Former President George H. W. Bush has had many accomplishments during his life.

In high school alone he was already showing his leadership skills as president of the senior class, secretary of the student council, president of the community fund-raising group, a member of the editorial board of the school newspaper, and captain of both the varsity baseball and soccer teams.

After the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Bush (Sr.) postponed going to college and became the youngest aviator (just days after his 19th birthday) in the US Navy at the time.

Just weeks after his return from the Pacific he married Barbara Pearce who he met at a dance when he was 17 and she was 16. Shortly thereafter he went to Yale University, graduating in 2-1/2 years rather than 4 on an accelerated program.

They are the longest married presidential couple in history having married in Jan 1945. Of course we know that George H. W. Bush became a Vice President, then our President, then the father of a President and through all his accomplishments, accolades and 12 years in the White House one thing remained constant….

President George Bush and Mrs. Bush always wrote love letters to each other. Lovingly, their granddaughter Jenna interviewed them and it seems fitting to share their story today on Valentines Day.

President Bush (Sr.) has stated that he thinks that “writing” love letters in this day of texting and emails is becoming a thing of the past. I hope their passionate story will stir all of us to see the powerful emotions that the written word can evoke even decades later and inspire us to write our own to those we love.

Happy Anniversary to my own Valentine “Greg” – Thank you for a fun and adventurous 25 years!

Happy Valentines Day!

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14 Responses to “A legacy of Love Letters”

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  2. Maria says:

    This was beautiful – Thank you Jenna for doing this. My dad was a WWII vet RIP 1/9/2009 and he too wrote many life letters. This next generation is so rushed and the sacredness of love and marriage is not around as much as it it was back then. You have a beautifuk family with many great values.

  3. Jim says:

    Very tender side of the Former 1st Couple!

  4. Mary-Margaret says:

    WOW,WOW!!! How very beautiful is that……I am going to write a love letter to my sweetheart.

  5. Judy Passaro says:

    Thanks Jenna for sharing such a delightful story of your grandparents. My father used to write letters to my youngest daughter when she was just learning to read and to this day she kept them. Long after Pappy left us.

    Keep up with your writing and stories.

    Judy in PA

  6. Greg says:

    Very nice! & Happy Anniversary to you too Mary!

  7. sherlyn avelino says:

    thanks jenna for sharing this romantic side of your grandparents..it’s indeed a must in any relationship to have constant communication..as writing loveletters is the only means of communications during their times but nowadays of texting and emails it’s kind of touching when someone close to our heart sits with his pen and writes something from his heart..

  8. Terry Mason says:

    Tis ~ unfortunately ~ true where ‘snail mail’ has now been ‘almost’ made redundant. I used to be a prolific letter writer, from a family that were not letter writres – shame really. This is a very interesting side [aspect] of President [Goerge H W] Bush that I didn’t even imagine existed ~ so thank you Jenna for this rare and appreciated insight. Viv la romantic.

  9. Tikkie says:

    It was wonderful.Writing brings more intimacy

  10. Aquarius 211 says:

    I’m just so touched! I was moved to tears by the passion of the former first couple in using pen and paper in expressing their love for each other. It seems surreal nowadays with all the technology around us. They are one romantic couple and I admire them.

  11. Shirley Arnold says:

    thank you Jenna for sharing this amazing legacy of your grand parents. Your so blessed with a beautiful people in your family that really have the real love. I do really like the letter they had.

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