One of the stories that Paulette shared with me when I first arrived here at Paper Wishes™ was the story of her Marine. I thought it seemed fitting for her to share with all of us on Veteran’s Day. Written in her own words –
My first Marine was my Dad. He proposed to my mother on their first date and they were married six weeks later. I was born on the Marine Corps base at Camp LeJuene, North Carolina. We only lived there for six months before moving to California when Dad got out of the Marine Corps.
I met my husband, Mike, and two other Marines while they were at California State Collage Fullerton looking for girls. I qualified! I gave them a tour of the campus but it took Mike several weeks to get up the courage to ask me out. We dated for six weeks and then he proposed. I was shocked! I thought it over and accepted (actually I was joking but he took me seriously and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings). But then I realized marrying Mike was the right thing to do. I wanted to get married right away because he was going overseas for a year. He said to talk to my mother. Little did he know about her six-week courtship? Mom said he seemed like a good guy and if he is who I wanted, to go for it. Six weeks later we were married on my parents’ anniversary. Six weeks after that Mike was shipped overseas first to Japan then to Vietnam. Every Saturday he sent me a red rose with a note. The red ribbons on each rose were our first Christmas tree ornaments. While he was gone, we wrote each other everyday and we still have those very tender letters. When he returned from Vietnam we were stationed in North Carolina where Mike completed his military duty. Every year on our anniversary he gives me a red rose for each year and a pink rose to begin the next year. What a guy!
- MIke Jarvey – The only pic Paulette
- had while Mike was overseas
I remembering sitting in Paulette’s office on her anniversary day when she received the roses. It was then when she explained the “pink” rose to me and as she told me the story her eyes filled with tears…of course as a women no one can ever be tearful alone in my presence. 🙂 I love hearing the history and the memories that she has created. Thank you for sharing Paulette.
We proudly salute all of our Veterans & active Military men and women. Thank you for your services.
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