They have been married 54 years and he still calls her Sweetheart.

There wasn’t a beautiful Church wedding with a gorgeous wedding gown and brides maids. The only flowers were the corsage Jerry bought for her on that beautiful April morning. Mom wore a pretty suit and he wore the ony suit he owned. They were married in the parlor of a Methodist Pastor with the Pastor’s wife as their only witness.

They had only dated a few weeks and even though she had a seven-year-old daughter, he decided he couldn’t live without her. He knew she would be his sweetheart forever.


Mom, Dad and I on Easter 1964


Record Player.pngLet Me Call You Sweetheart

Written 1910
Composer Leo Friedman
Lyricist Beth Slater Whitson

The complete lyrics:

I am dreaming Dear of you, day by day
Dreaming when the skies are blue, When they’re gray;
When the silv’ry moonlight gleams, Still I wander on in dreams,
In a land of love, it seems, Just with you.

Let me call you “Sweetheart,” I’m in love with you.
Let me hear you whisper that you love me too.
Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true.
Let me call you “Sweetheart,” I’m in love with you.
Longing for you all the while, More and more;
Longing for the sunny smile, I adore;
Birds are singing far and near, Roses blooming ev’rywhere
You, alone, my heart can cheer; You, just you.

Let me call you “Sweetheart,” I’m in love with you.
Let me hear you whisper that you love me too.
Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true.
Let me call you “Sweetheart,” I’m in love with you.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart Pat Boone and Shirley Jones

He still calls her his Sweetheart today. They reside in the same home they bought in 1970 and he is determined to take care of her. You see, Mom lost her sight a few years ago and he does everything for her. No one can take his place. This is “home” and they both refuse to move into assisted living where life would be more stable in my estimation.

Mom’s kitchen has produced thousands of meals through the years. There home was the gathering place for Mom’s family. When anyone came to visit, they stayed there. The house is small but oh, the delicious smells that came from that kitchen! Laughter, singing and also tears when we said goodbye to loved ones. There are many memories in that old house. We have so many sweet memories!

Mom's Kitchen Help

Mom’s Kitchen in the 1990’s.                                                                                                                                              That’s me doing the dishes, my Aunt Betty, Mom is in the corner and Nannie.


It concerns me that he is trying to do everything when he doesn’t have energy to do anything. He is having health problems but doesn’t want to worry his “Sweetheart.”      She is concerned about his health and since she was an excellent cook and housecleaner for so many years, she lets it slip that she isn’t thrilled with the living conditions. There is too much dust. Too many piles of junk, the food doesn’t taste the same as when she cooked…  she doesn’t mean to hurt him but I know those words do hurt tremendously. He would do better if he could. If he would allow us to do the work for him. If grandchildren would take over certain jobs, I know things would be easier for both of them. The time has come when we must all sit down and make plans. It will not be easy to convince them to move where they can still be together but the cleaning and food preparation will be done for them and they can spend together as sweethearts without the stress on Dad’s heart.

Please pray with me for these “Sweethearts” that God will change their hearts about their living situation and give wisdom to my sister, brother, my aunt and I as we discuss possibilities. That He would open the door that will make Mom and Dad happy and they can concentrate on being sweethearts again.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.

I love you,









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