Traveling Dog Lady: 52 Snapshots of Life; Week 7: Love

Friday, February 13, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 7: Love

L.O.V.E., love!!

That's the topic for this week's 52 Snapshots of Life blog hop, hosted by The Lazy Pit Bull.

This is going to be one of the easiest posts of all 52 weeks for me, since today is my parents' anniversary.  Not their wedding anniversary, but the anniversary of the day they met.  For their entire lives, my Dad always celebrated both today (the day they met) and tomorrow (Valentine's Day), by giving my Mom two store-bought cards and writing mushy, lovey-dovey things on the inside.

As everyone by now knows (and if you don't, where've you been!?), my folks signed their cards to each other "MTAITW", WWIIs version of "texting".  The letters stood for "More Than Anything In The World".  This became the title of my series of books containing my Dad's WWII love letters.  He wrote to my Mom every single day while he was deployed in various locations throughout Europe and the U.S.  If he missed a day, he'd send her an apology or even sometimes a telegram!  The missed days were extremely rare, and my mother kept all of the letters -- approximately 1,000 of them.

But, back to the day they met.  It was February 13, 1942.  Like today, it was "Friday the 13th" but for the Mueller-Altenburg family, it would be nothin' but lucky.  The event was one of these USO dances, stateside, where women (mostly nurses) and soldiers would jitterbug the night away in a church, barn, other available building, and even in railroad cars! My Dad was always a heavyset guy, and he thought this gorgeous nurse would never like him in a million years.  But, she, too, was smitten.  They saw each other again the next night, on Valentine's Day, and then kept dating.   They were married in December of that same year, in a hurried and secret ceremony at city hall in Chicago -- like so many other couples of the day -- to make sure they "tied the knot" before Dad was deployed.

My parents' "formal" wedding photo. No, the bride didn't wear white!  

Valentine's Day was always very special for my parents, especially my Dad.  He was very romantic!

So, in honor of my folks -- here's this week's blog post of LOVE!