From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

February 14

In 1944, among 8 million people in New York, Nathan and Evelyn fatefully crossed paths. They met when the soldier from Texas was on leave visiting the Big Apple. Nathan used each of his five passes to see Evelyn. Before he shipped out, they had vowed to write daily, and over the next 16 months, they sent each other 1,100 letters.

Everywhere his unit was sent, Nathan carried with him in his one duffel bag the hundreds of letters Evelyn had sent. When he returned home, they were married in Nathan’s family’s synagogue.

Fifty years later they renewed their vows in the same synagogue. “World War II brought us together,” Evelyn said. “In Hebrew, we have a word, beshert—divinely appointed, meant to be. That is what Nathan and I are, beshert—we are each other’s perfect soul mate.”

And the 23-pound package of letters Nathan had sent home from the war, along with the letters Evelyn had lovingly saved, were compiled in book form as a labor of love to pass along as a special legacy for their children, grandchildren and friends.

Amy Seeger

You have to work at love, especially when circumstances get in the way.

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