Posted by: Jim E | March 11, 2010

A Love Story…Sweet Land…

About a year ago or so we bought the DVD of the movie “Sweet Land”…I imagine some of you have seen it…it tells a love story of Inge, a German mail-order bride sent to Minnesota to meet her future husband, Olaf, a Norwegian bachelor farmer…

As it starts, across the screen comes this quote: “Let us hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story.”…it is quoted from the book “Of Time and Memory” by Don Snyder…who wrote about the love story of his mother, who died at 19 giving birth to he and his twin brother, and his Dad…he had never heard the story…didn’t know anything of his mother…

“Let us hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story.”…that quote intrigued me…I thought, how many people think that as they look at their parents or grandparents…well, they certainly couldn’t be…or have been in love like we are…or like those who are young today…certainly they were not as passionate or had the same feelings…and I thought…they are so, so young and really don’t know what they are talking about…

It made me remember my Great Grandparents on my Dad’s side (now remember, this is all to make “you” remember and think about these things from your own background, not mine)…they came from Sweden on a sailing ship in the 1860’s…he came first and then she followed, both in their 20’s…and here they are, years later, probably in their 60’s maybe 1910 or so…you look at them and say…is there a love story there?…well, they had 9 children…so there must have been moments!!!…

And how about my Grandparents on my Mom’s side…both were orphaned when they were very young…he from Canada…sent to Minneapolis to stay with friends of the family…she lived in an orphanage…it is where they met as they were older…they married very young…and had 4 children…a love story of it’s own…he working as a cowboy out west and coming back to the one he loved in Minnesota…married and settled there…a love story, oh yes…all the feelings…all the passion…oh, my, yes…and I knew them…lived next door to them as I grew up…were they in love?…Yup…I saw it everyday…they were something…probably don’t look like some of the Hollywood types…but don’t let it fool you…this was for real…this picture was probably in the early 1940’s…their kids grown…

And how about my parents…they met in Minneapolis…dated and married quite young…love?…passion?…from the little we know yes…3 children…I’m one of them…here they are in their 20’s, just after WWII…they spent their entire lives together…Judie and I were caretakers later in life…and stories we heard from them as we spent lots of time together…did they love one another?…yes…watched over one another until the end…

And then how about Judie and I…Wow…now that is a love story…there are lots of people still around who can attest to that…we suffer from terminal monogamy…and how about the passion…the feelings…and the love for one another?…is it the same as the greatest love stories ever…well, I hope so…certainly better than the ones of fiction…4 children and our story goes on…(here we are just before we were married, notice my semi-controlled passion…oh, you don’t notice passion…well where is my hand then???!!!)…how we met…Judie came from Michigan to Minnesota to go to college…how we lived…how we still love one another…and our love?…we have learned as we grow older…what others have learned…love becomes devotion…

So there is “hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story”…you and me…but seeing “Sweet Land” is a great reminder of how love begins…lives itself out everyday…and endures as we work at it…here’s to your love story!!!…rekindle it today…


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  1. Hi Jim.
    Good one today. Yes we all have a love story to remember with our grandparents gone before us or with ourselves. The greates love story every recorded is that of our God and our Savior for us. Thanks for your writings, mussings or what are they called? Appreciate them and they certainly make you more transparent. Didn’t know you were Swedish till this last writing. I enjoy them.


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