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PUB CHAT: The allure of love letters

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Regular readers know Dee Calvasina is a Saturday columnist for us, writing eloquently every month about Deer Haven Park and Seneca County’s globally famous white deer herd in her “Beyond the Fence” pieces.

Along with one recent column submission, however, she also added a request: Could I possibly help her translate a note that had been in her family for many years — decades actually? It was hand-written in Italian, and knowing that my dad was born in Italy, she wondered if I (and he) might be able to figure it out.

I loved it because it reminded me of my own family’s story and love letters between my mom and dad over 60 years ago. They met in 1955 in Italy — mom was on vacation; dad lived there — and their “courtship” basically was conducted via the postal systems by letters back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean. Mom didn’t know much Italian, so she would write in English, and Dad’s buddy would translate them; he wrote in Italian, and mom had a college professor translate........

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