Since our “everyday thing” on Monday was a purse, I thought I would share this. A very unusual camel leather purse – made in Egypt 1945 – embossed with symbols of the area around Cairo.
Our mother – March 1945
In this photo she is holding a purse – not just any purse, but the purse pictured above. Her husband sent it to her from Egypt where he was based during WWII. The camel leather purse was kept in a trunk for many years-stuffed with the letters she and our dad had exchanged for all those months while he was away. She was 17 when this photo was taken with a new baby. Our dad who would have been the ripe old age of 22, would not meet his son for several more months, when he was honorably discharged from the Army.
This is a current photo of the purse, the photo and a letter my dad wrote after my mom let him know she had received his gift from Egypt.
The letter my dad wrote when he got the news that the purse had arrived. I got to read most of the letters they exchanged, but my mother quickly grabbed on when she saw me open it-she said some things should just stay between the two of them. : )
Our parents were married June 8, 1943, at the height of World War II. They married not knowing what their future would hold. There were married 59 years. Their love endured and whenever we think our life is hard, let’s remember those who have made and are making considerable sacrifices so that we can live free.
Dear iSissies, Do you have a photo of someone who has served our nation – your father, brother, sister, or mother – a member of your family who stayed home. We honor them.