(Playing ~ "The Very
Thought of You")
My mother, Eula Spivey
Springer, wrote the following letter to my
father, David B. Springer, Sr., only slightly
more than three months
after they were married. Mother had such
I have this original letter, now yellowed around
that she kept all those years.
No one loved music more than
Mother; I feel the song
I chose for this page is most appropriate.
My reason, dear reader, for
putting this very personal letter here
for anyone to see is that it gives an
insight into Mother's personality
and her very being .
that .......... well, read on for yourself.
May 5, 1927
The reason you are receiving
a letter from me is because I have something
that involves my future happiness, something that
dims my eyes when I think
of it. I hate to write this for fear of annoying
you, but you should know
the worst for sincerity.
It may mean life or even
death to me. I can tell you and assure you that
many, many lives have been upset and made
sorrowful by similar trouble. So, now, after many
nights of unrest, the temptation of asking you
this great question has grown so strong that I
cannot delay my asking it.
I realize that I am asking a
great thing of you, but hope you will lay aside
all joys and devote your time to the proper
consideration of this thing that is about to be
put before you. I know you love me to some extent
and that you will willingly, or at least
obligingly, consider what I am about to ask.
I dare not sign my name to
this for fear others may see it, but, since it is
you, I trust no other will. Neither can I tell
the state of my mind to my friends
for fear that they will laugh at me. But, dear, I
know that you will not laugh
at me, but will think seriously of my question
and answer it to the best of your ability. So,
once more, with fullness of my heart, I ask you
"Do you think Jeff will
ever grow as tall as Mutt?"
(or, rather, she
(I hope you're old enough to
remember Pearl Harbor or you won't have a 'clue'
about the old Mutt and Jeff comic strip.)
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