As I’m sure most of you now know, former president George H.W. Bush passed away last week on the 30th of November at the age of 94. The news of the 41st President of the United States’ passing has saddened many Americans. But one letter has resurfaced that reminded us all how wonderful this man was.
As you know, George’s wife, Barbara Bush, passed away in April of this year. But one thing is known about the two of them – they had a love that never died, right up until the end. You see, Barbara Bush had kept a letter that her husband wrote to her 73 years ago! She kept it safely tucked inside a scrapbook for all those years.
It was written in blue ink on the 12th of December, 1943 while George was serving in the military during World War II. At that time, Barbara Bush was George’s fiancée. George was a U.S. Navy pilot at the time.
Recently, presidential historian Michael Beschloss shared a copy of the letter on Twitter. The letter begins “My darling Bar.”
This should be a very easy letter to write — words should come easily and in short it should be simple for me to tell you how desperately happy I was to open the paper and see the announcement of our engagement, but somehow I can’t possibly say all in a letter I should like to.
George H.W. Bush’s letter to his wife proves how much they loved each other and that love never burnt out.
In fact, George and Barbara were the longest-married couple in presidential history. The pair met at a Christmas dance when they were both teenagers.
In his autobiography, George described his first meeting with Barbara. He was in training at the time as a naval aviator. During the Christmas party, he asked his friend who the girl in the green and red dress was as he was immediately drawn to her.
I’m not much at recalling what people wear, but that particular occasion stands out in my memory.
By August 1943, they were engaged and it was made public on December 12th of the same year.
I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you –
George H.W. Bush’s letter explains how he was anxiously looking forward to venturing overseas. But when he met Barbara, all that changed. All he could think about was getting home safely to get back to her.
This may sound melodramatic, but if it does it is only my inadequacy to say what I mean. Bar, you have made my life full of everything I could ever dream of — my complete happiness should be a token of my love for you.
On the 6th of January, 1945, the lovebirds finally got married
Though their passing has been one with great sadness, knowing the two have been reunited fills us with some comfort. We’re just glad we have George H.W. Bush’s letter to remind us of their eternal love.
We found a beautifully touching interview from 2011 where former President Bush re-reads the touching letter to his wife. He even gets emotional as he continues to profess his love to her 73 years later.
If I wrote a letter today, I would write the same letter. I love him that much.
Don’t forget to watch this interview below where George H.W. Bush’s letter still brings him to tears. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝