The 18th of August 1941 – Germantown, Maryland

(found in a dusty trunk in a dusty attic)

Dear Mr. Beaumont,

I am writing you with a simple purpose in mind, Mr. Beaumont.

I am asking for your permission because I plan to propose to your daughter as soon as I possibly can.

I do anticipate, sir, some hesitance on your part. The future is as uncertain as ever, with the Germans marching through Europe and the Japanese sailing all over the Pacific. What’s more, I’m sure you know, I am quite young, and so is your – and my – dear Linda.

I hope you do not dismiss my request easily and without much thought, sir. I am not in the best position in the world right now, but perhaps none of us are anyway. Perhaps, with my youth, my brashness and my zeal, you can just reject me with even greater ease.

Whatever your response – your initial response, I should hope – I would like to just ask you a simple question. Why can’t I decide that myself? Why can’t I decide, unilaterally and arbitrarily, what I think is valuable, what I want to do?

My youth, you may assert, deprives me of wisdom, and ability – as so many of the last generation call it – to make those ever important rational and pragmatic decisions. But youth does not preclude me from making decisions. It does not bar me from living my life, and, sir – respectfully – that is all I am hoping to do at the moment. Your daughter’s and my desire right now may be right, and it could also be a foolhardy mistake. But it will be ours. It, wearing whatever cloak of youthful naiveté you may want to toss at it, will be ours.

I’m in love with your daughter, sir. I’m absolutely head over heels for her. She’s the only one that I can see, and that’s it. I’m terribly sorry, sir, but there’s nothing you can do about that.

Disparage my wisdom and my age for as long as you care, Mr. Beaumont, but I am old enough to know one thing, old enough to think it and to believe it fully. When something comes along that blows the doors off your house, you move. You don’t sit around. You don’t try to rebuild. You chase it, whatever it is.

So please, sir, I again request your permission to marry that dear Linda.


James Trimble

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      1. This is all fiction. I’m glad you find it interesting. Thanks for reading!

  1. What a beautiful and eloquent post that touches significant pieces of history and timeless stories of the heart. I definitely envy miss Linda. Wonderful work, Chris!

    1. Thank you so much! Everyone always does such great work with these. I love reading all of them!

    1. I’d suggest using pingbacks as often as you can. Sometimes I worry about being haphazard in my use of them, but the response is always positive and it’s really helpful to connect with other great writers.

      Keep up the great work!

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