I don’t know about you, but my weekends somehow fill up like crazy most of the year. Thankfully, though, March is a slow season for us. Soccer hasn’t started, baseball is still a wistful thought in my son’s head, and the rounds of family birthdays, weddings, and graduation parties that fill the summer have yet to begin.
I took advantage of this lazy Saturday morning to pick up the top book in my TBR (to be read) stack: “War Bonds: Love stories from the Greatest Generation” by Cindy Hval.
Oh my, what a read! The very first story captivated me. Jerry and Nancy Gleesing were married in 1944 while Jerry was in the Air Force. He was shot down over Hungary and spent the rest of the war in a German POW camp. The guards there ordered him to give up his wedding ring, but he refused, saying, “I vowed never to take it off. I’m not taking it off.” Thankfully, the guard let it go, and Jerry survived the war. He and Nancy lived happily together for sixty-five years before Jerry passed away in 2010.
The next few chapters were just as sweet. The end of each chapter contains a “Love Lesson”, a word of advice from the couple that ranges from humorous (The best thing we ever did was move away from our parents) to thoughtful (Marriage is a two-way street. It isn’t all about your way and it isn’t all about her way. It’s the together that counts.)
All in all, it a was great read. It brought tears to my eyes and inspired me to love my husband better and to take advantage of the moments we have together.