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A Love Letter From Appalachia

love letter from Pap

Dear Louzine

Hope you are feeling well. Guess I am o.k. This fine wether is just about to give me spring fever. Seems every one gets a little lazy this time of year.

Louzine they put me on the second shift at work. I knew it was comming but I thought it would be another week or so. I have to go to work at 3 oclock and off at 11 oclock. I have to work sat. night. Looks like Sunday night is the only chance I will have to see you. If it is o.k. with you, and unless you send me word different I will be there about 4:30 Sunday evening. Then maybe we won’t be out so late.

Darling I miss you lots. Sending this by Wayne, hope he gets it to you. Hope you can read this I am not much at spelling and writing. Don’t eat supper before I come Sunday. We will eat out somewhere.

Love Jerry

When I read this old love letter Pap wrote to Granny it makes me feel like this…

Hope you enjoyed the old love letter-and Paul’s version of What A Wonderful World for this week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot.

Happy Valentines Day!!


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    Rebecca Freeman
    November 7, 2021 at 9:09 am

    What a treasure! I have letters my Dad wrote to Mom when he was in Korea. I love how the words, and the handwriting (so personal!), connect me again to my Dear Ones, now in heaven.
    I have a few other letters from the ’60s and early ’70s from family members, living or serving far away, that I truly treasure.
    One of the most moving experiences I’ve had from a personally written note, was 10 months after my Dad passed. We had a coat rail hanging on the wall of the stair well going to the basement. I opened that door one day and noticed one of Dad’s work shirts hanging there. I took it off the rack and noticed in the pocket Dad’s little paper pad that he kept his work hours on, along with lists of people he would bring things to. He went to a wholesale produce market from time to time, and would get cases of fruit and various goods. His list had names on it, and what each person wanted, like grapefruits or oranges, whatever was in season.
    Dad’s handwriting on that list hit me like a hammer. I hugged that shirt, went in on my Mom’s bed, and cried like a baby.
    I know people have written about the way a song, a place or a scent will take them to a cherished place, back in time. I’ve experienced that as well, and I would add that the handwriting of a Loved One does that for me as well.
    Thank you Tipper. I somehow wandered onto this post this morning, and I love it.

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    February 18, 2009 at 1:23 am

    So simple, but yet so very sweet.

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    February 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Perfect post for Valentine’s Day! Those old letters are so precious and this one is one of the best.

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    petra michelle
    February 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    The tenderness and sweetness of the letter gave me goosebumps.
    We’re all so sophisticated now and try to impress with how much money and fancy words! This is right from the heart. Just beautiful, Tipper!

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    February 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I love that letter. So sweet.

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    February 16, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I hope the weekend was fantastic! 🙂

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    February 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

    There is nothing like old love letters and soulful ballads. Just loved reading and listening! blessings,Kathleen

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    February 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Well…be still my heart. What a wonderful letter. You are so lucky to have access to all of the photos, etc… that you let us enjoy.

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    Granny Sue
    February 15, 2009 at 10:04 am

    What a lovely love letter. So sensible, but his feelings are all over it. What a guy.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    February 15, 2009 at 5:48 am

    what a wonderful letter 🙂

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    February 14, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    One of my all time favorite songs!! Very well done!! are you gonna put it over there in the radio section? Right under Down the Escalante? Oh and Happy Valentine’s Day to ya’ll!!

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    February 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Oh dear I was all prettied up today for LOVE day and here you come with that beautifully simple Love letter and I Bawled all my PErty makeup off my face LOL LOL my husband came in and caught me in mid cry fest LOl he thought I was listening to portuguese folk …derrr!! anyway so heartfelt and honest thanks for sharing 🙂
    crying in the rockies 🙂

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    February 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    On that note I head out to prune trees for my earthly beloved. What a sweet love letter.

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    fishing guy
    February 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Tipper: It was a great note and obviously something that your granny loved and cherished.
    Paul did a great job pickin and singin in the kitchen, I loved the song.

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    February 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Major Spring fever here too!

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    Helen G.
    February 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    It truly IS a wonderful world. It is so wonderful to have those memories from the past to share with your girls and keep the family ties running through the next generation. Too many in this world don’t have that sense of belonging.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours…

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    February 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    This l♥ve letter is so sweet. I remember my Grandpa wanting me to read his correspondence with his new lady love…it was much like this, with parts of it that should have been for their eyes only…LOL!!
    H♥ppy Valentines Day!

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    February 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Great song and what a special treasure to have a letter like this! Happy Valentines Day!

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    February 14, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Awww! Such a sweet post for Valentine’s Day!

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    Miss Cindy
    February 14, 2009 at 11:20 am

    What a beautiful memory. I can’t remember the last time I sat and wrote a letter with pen and paper. It certainly is a lost art.
    This letter is an open window to a simpler time, thanks for sharing it with us.

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    nancy Simpson
    February 14, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Tipper, Thanks for this true valentine post. Pap’s letter to Granny is a treasure. I like letters and have kept a ton of them.
    For a young man, letters win the heart, even better write a poem for her. For the young woman, bake him something sweet.
    Valentine wishes to all.

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    February 14, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Love the letter. I don’t think anyone ever called me darling. I wrote hundreds of letters to friends & servicemen when I was in high school. I’m sure the content was very frivolous. My husband’s grandmother always sent notes of encouragement with cards when she was alive. I’ve kept most of them in an album. I think I’ll get them out and read them today.

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    February 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Wonderful! One of my favorite songs and of course, Paul’s version is beautiful.
    You are so lucky to have that letter!

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    February 14, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Makes me feel that way, too. Such straightforward affection!

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    February 14, 2009 at 1:02 am

    We sure are missing out on something tender now that all we have to do is make a phone call. Maybe we need to start writing letters again. HMMM…now wouldn’t that be romantic?! Thanks for the post Tipper, it’s great!

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    February 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    A wonderful remembrance. That letter is a real family treasure. I enjoyed it.

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    Carolyn A.
    February 13, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    What a romantic Pap is, and how fortunate is Granny that his love was for her. It made my heart glad to read his letter. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
    And please thank Paul for the song. It’s like it was his Valentine’s gift to all of your readers. You know I had to keep playing it over and over. 🙂 xxoo

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    David Templeton
    February 13, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    It was a better day when people wrote personal letters to their loved ones, family and friends. A time before email, texting, cell-phoning, spell-check and codewords.
    These letters, like yours above, are treasures.
    I have one around here, somewhere, that I found in an old house up the road from you there, at Shell Creek, Tennessee; a letter from a son, removed by his job of work to Port Clinton, Ohio writing to his dear mother in Carter County, in 1956. No matter the syntax, the spelling, the grammar errors, no matter; his mother only saw her son’s hand and felt near him each time his letter came.
    Thank you for sharing such a special thing.

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    The Texican
    February 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    That Pap has a way with words. I agree with you on the song selection. I always enjoy pickin’ in the kitchen. My wife still has some of my early stuff. I didn’t even remember writing all of that, but it has my name on it. I guess it did some good. Pappy

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    February 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    What a sweet letter! And such a fitting song by Paul.
    Thanks for sharing those and lifting my spirits!!

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    steve from Florence KY
    February 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Excellent Post. I don’t know how you come up with all of the ideas on what to share but its always good stuff.
    Also really liked your husband’s version of ‘What a Wonderful World’.
    I wasn’t sure how that would sound accousticly but it was great.
    PS I also liked your girls singing at Christmas time hope you can get them to do something again soon.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    February 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I love this old love letter. How fortunate that you still have it. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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