My step daughter came into the house and handed it to me. ”Dad thought you might like to do some Goggling when you see this.”
The envelope she handed me was small, square and browned with age; the postmark was from Newport News and the year which was barely legible said 1951. Bill found it tucked under a draw of a piece of antique bedroom furniture we had just purchased that day.
It was so neatly addressed I remember thinking to myself; this person must have been taught penmanship by the nuns but that thought soon drifted out of my head as I removed the small card and examined it closely.
The front of the card had a bride dressed in white; I was enchanted by how simply lovely this card was and how remarkable it was it had survived some 61 years tucked behind a drawer. On the inside in the same neat and thoughtful hand was the name of the bride being honored and two women who were hosting the shower.
Then it hit me.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to try to find the bride and give her the invitation? Her first name was unusual but her last name was a much more common name so I did a quick Google search without any luck. I then tried one of the hostesses’ names and I had more luck, to a degree. I found her (the hostess) obituary which was rather sad; it was however filled all the information I needed to locate my bride including her married name and the town she lived in currently.
Some more Goggling and I was dialing the phone and calling my bride…
Mrs. Bride answered the phone on the second ring. I prayed I would find the right words to tell her what I found and how I found her without making her feel uncomfortable. She was very sweet and polite but didn't offer much information nor did I expect her to. She did however confirm that the card was from her bridal shower. I promised to send it to her and decided to add a handwritten letter.
I wondered if I’d hear from her.
Five days later I received a phone call from her. She was SO happy! As soon as she received the card she said she called all of her children to tell them and read them my letter. Then she went on to tell me bits about her life and her family, how her sisters had honored her with the shower all those years ago. It was clear that this little card had tremendous much meaning to her and connected her to so many memories of years gone by.
When she called me I was so honored that I could do this kindness for this woman I've never met and more than likely never will.
It was a wonderful experience.
Have you ever done a something like this?
Would you if given the chance?