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Guess What I Found in my Attic!


Last week, I worked on cleaning out my attic. It was a dirty, sneezy job. I hauled paper and cardboard to the recycle bin, trashed the un-recyclables, and salvaged the action figures for my grandsons.

action figures lined up


But the coolest thing I found in the attic was my poetry notebook from high school.

Notebook from 1972


One poem written in 1972 is “prophetic” as my husband called it. David’s family moved away at the end of tenth grade. I must have written this right after he left, hoping against the odds that I would see him again and believing our love would stay alive.

Notebook page from 1972


I was so full of hope at 16. Angsty hope. But David didn’t answer my last letter that summer of ’72, and life went on. Over the years, my first love became a distant memory.

If I’d found this notebook in my 30s, I would have shaken my head and thought, “How sappy.” But now, it reinforces that this love story was meant to be. Our love never died. It just went dormant and waited quietly for 39 years.

You can read about those 39 years and the lessons we learned along the way in

Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again.

Did I really know our love would stay alive? Or did I help manifest our re-connection? Was it all part of God’s plan? Did the angels see a window of opportunity and nudge us in the right direction?

I vote for all of the above.

Oh, how I wish today’s teenagers only had learning and love to deal with.


Hang on to your hopes.


Good things coming


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “Guess What I Found in my Attic!

  1. What a great find. So you and I have something more in common.

  2. This is amazing, JoAnn! To think that God would weave this amazing plan from all those years ago. Just beautiful ❀️
    Thank you for brightening my day β˜€οΈ
    Love Hayley πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

  3. That seems like a wonderful thing to find.

  4. Wow. Beautiful post and reflective thoughts.

  5. mam ,your memories are very beautiful .

  6. Wonderful post since I love journals and diaries! I have love letters saved up and I treasure the nice poems and notes written in my H.S. yearbooks.
    I haven’t had an old “beau” come back but there are a few I would not mind seeing!
    I have a coffee “date” on Sat morning (St Patrick’s day) wish me luck πŸ€and I am saying a prayer daily. We have texted for nearly three weeks. We live 160 miles apart but plan on meeting halfway at a Bob Evans. πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this. I have a pile of journals from adulthood, but had no idea the high school notebook was up there in the attic. I hope you have a nice time on your coffee date. Texting for three weeks is a good preliminary. Wishing you luck! πŸ™‚

  7. Your husband is right, it seems. I think you two must be old souls. Such s cool story!!

  8. Amazing, JoAnna!! The poem is wonderful…and so is the love that you knew would never end!! LOVE IT!! πŸ˜πŸ’œ

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