Heart of the Home

Readers share stories of dream vacations.

| September 2007

Years spent with husband was her dream vacation

In March 1998, I submitted a pen pal request in a farm magazine I read. Not long after it was published, I received a response from an 81-year-old retired farmer from western Nebraska. In his letter, he said that he would like to come and see me, and that he intended to fall in love fast.

I sent a response letter and picture to him, as well as an invitation to come visit me. He arrived in late March and proposed April 1. We were married April 25.

We honeymooned in Estes Park, Colo., which began our dream vacation. The next year, we bought a camper and traveled to a number of interesting places. We sang along to Statler Brothers cassette tapes as we headed to our destination. We even visited his seven sisters in Texas on one trip.

My husband passed away February 24, 2002. He proved to be the greatest friend and companion ever. We made each other very happy, and we were never lonely.

Our marriage of almost four years was our dream vacation, and I'd do it all over again.

Burwell, Neb.

Dream vacation taken each year

Shortly before we married in 1998, my husband-to-be asked me to make a wish list of all the places I would like to visit. I made a list and gave it to him, thinking it was for some kind of joke. Since we were both 'senior citizens,' and he was the pastor of a church, I was certain we would not be able to do much traveling.

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