Allen Cook and his daughter Melissa were repairing her house when they found a letter in the wall. What they discovered turned out to be part of a beautiful, warming love story.
The envelope was old and yellow. It had never been opened. They were amazed when Allen Cook’s son-in-law started reading it. The story began in 1945. The letter was written by a woman named Virginia to her husband Rolf Christoffersen. At that time, he was a sailor in the Norwegian navy.
The envelope was marked "return to sender" and never found its way to her husband until this week. Allen’s daughter used the Internet to find the phone number of someone named Rolf Christoffersen and gave him a call, leading her to his son in California.
The younger Christoffersen, 66, wasn’t yet born when his mother wrote the letter, but he says her words are very special to him. His mother wrote about her love for her husband. "I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun, and that is what you are for my life," she wrote. Christoffersen called his father at once, who is now 96, and read the letter to him over the phone. Seventy-two years later, her words were finally heard by her husband. "I was so surprised after all these years. I was very happy to find out that a letter like that existed. I am still very excited," the elder Christoffersen said.
The long-lost letter is believed to have fallen into a crack in the wall of the house by accident, where Christoffersen used to live.