As political as I will get. . .

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I happened upon one of my favorite books as I was unpacking this week. I guess that is one upside to the unpacking process. . .finding favorite things that you have forgotten about for a while! I don't claim to be into politics, but I do have a love for a few of our recent presidential families. I adore Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, number one. Her sense of style has always drawn me in and her intellect and remarkable grace stand out to me as well.

I also love anything I can get my hands on about Ronald and Nancy Reagan. I love their love story. I love to read of their dedication to each other and I love that President Reagan called Nancy "Nancy Poo Pants"! The book that I rediscovered this week, I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan is nothing short of beautiful. I feel that it should be added to "the list" of pre-marriage books. . .it's just that good. {And let's face it . . .some of those books on "the list" just aren't that good if you know what I mean!}

I am thankful that I married my own "great communicator". I have saved every note that Steve has written to me and I would love to, someday, put them in a book for our children. I am so blessed to be married to such an expressive, gifted, and creative communicator. Thank you Steve. I also can empathize with Nancy Reagan in the fact that, as she claims in the book, I do not feel that I write well or can think of creative and beautiful ways to communicate my love on paper. I always feel badly that my love notes to Steve pale in comparison to the things that he thinks of to write to me!

On page 185 of the book, there is a photograph of one of my favorite notes between President Reagan and Nancy. Nancy had left a note on his desk that sweetly and simply said,

"I LOVE YOU--
I T W.W.W. {in the whole wide world}
:)
X X X X X"

to which President Reagan wrote her back and said.....

"A woman left this for me on my desk. I guess you might as well know-- I'm in love with her."

The book closes with President Reagan's letter to the public about his diagnosis of Alzheimers. I know that I am extra emotional right now, but I cried as I again read through it. I love his words in the second to last paragraph: "In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your President. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future."

Don't you just want to stand up and clap loudly and say "President Reagan, where is you? We needs you!"

I hope that if you have the opportunity, that you will read I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan. . .

. . .it's back to unpacking for me!

6 comments:

  1. awwww...I need to get this and read this! It sounds awesome! ;)

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  2. I agree!!! I love that book, too. I have always been glad that you pointed it out to me when we were at the Reagan Library.

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  3. I've never heard about this book, but it certainly sounds like one I should get. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Been missing and thinking of you lately. Hope the unpacking is going well!

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  4. hmmm.. . sounds good :) You write quite wonderfully about your Steve, so I wouldn't worry. It was such a lovely post.

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  5. I have heard how Reagan was very romantic. He will always be one of my favorite presidents. I need to read the book!

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  6. I'm with you, Sarah. This is just such a beautiful book!

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