[It’s been a very busy week. So rather than just slap something up to provide “new” reading, I’m re-blogging a very short piece, but a favorite, from last year that those of you who signed on more recently may not have seen.]
[Re-blogged from December 11, 2013]
AMOS TO PHILINDA
I love bits of good writing.
I hoard them like treasure. (Whenever there’s a piece of paper or a keyboard handy.)
Even a few of the right words can brighten a dark day. Ease a burden. Outlast everything.
Amos Humiston was a soldier who fought in the Civil War. He died at Gettysburg in July 1863, clutching an ambrotype of his three children, through which he was later identified.
An ambrotype is an early type of photograph, made by placing a glass negative against a dark background. It was only in use for about five years. Its name comes from the Greek ambro(tos), which means “immortal.”
We don’t have Amos’s ambrotype anymore. It wasn’t really immortal.
But we do still have his letters from the war. This is what Amos wrote to his wife Philinda on January 2, 1863, six months before he died:
“If I ever live to get home you will not complain of being lonesome again or of sleeping cold, for I will lay as close to you as the bark to a tree.”
7 thoughts on “AMOS TO PHILINDA (A RE-BLOG)”
I’m glad you reblogged this especially as I am feeling down after writing my own blog. “As close to you as the bark on a tree”. Beautiful.
I think so too. And I’m glad you don’t mind seeing it again.
This is truly beautiful writing.
That was truly beautiful. I hope he got to see his wife before he died.
I’m quite certain he didn’t. This was 1863, and he was at the front. Soldiers didn’t get leave to go home from there.
That’s what makes his letter so poignant.
Oh no. I think I’ll give my hubby two kisses goodbye instead of one this morning when I head to work!!
Funny lady! 🙂 🙂 🙂