Love Seemed Easy For Them, But It Would Be Tested After His Diagnosis.
Love At First Sight
Love is crazy. So crazy that some may think it’s caused by a supernatural force. This is especially true in the story of Leonard and Hazel Cherry. Their relationship was tested by constant relocation and even a world war, but it only solidified their love. After all of that, illness eventually took over and Leonard was put into a nursing home. But it was after that their love look a morbidly odd turn.
Most romances aren’t like the ones found in the movies, but Leonard and Hazel’s relationship definitely was. The two met each other while attending high school in Texas, and they were almost instantly connected. They started out as just friends, but that quickly blossomed into a deep love for one another. Even their friends said they were inseparable. One was hardly ever seen without the other nearby. Love seemed easy for them, but it would be tested after his diagnosis was found.
Traveling Far Away
It didn’t take long after graduating before they realized that they would be spending the rest of their lives together. In 1942, the two were married and vowed to never leave each other’s side. Unfortunately, their lives were thrown into a state of chaos due to a full on world war breaking out. World War II was taking place and Leonard was needed overseas to fight for his country. He joined the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base, which was a long ways away from Hazel.
Love Knows No Distance
Leonard was a bomber pilot, and every time he flew his plane, he was knocking on death’s door. Of course, like anyone in love, Hazel was scared for his life. Leonard gained the respect of many of his peers for being an amazing pilot. He was such a good pilot, that he was eventually given the task of training new pilots. Even though he loved his profession, he couldn’t stop missing Hazel.
And Baby Makes Three
After two long years, Leonard was able to return to his loving wife. They were undeniably excited to be back with each other, and decided to begin starting their family. In 1944, they welcomed their first child to the world, David Cherry. They always knew they wanted to have a family together, and since the war was over, it was the perfect time to begin. Even though their David was very special to them, they wanted their family to grow.
A New Place, New Life
Since they were bringing children into the world, Hazel and Leonard decided to move to a place much better suited for raising a family. They made the big move from country to city, and landed in Fort Worth, Texas. They looked at Fort Worth with open minds and looked forward to the new opportunities. Thanks to his military training as a mechanic, Leonard was able to open the Cherry Hill auto-repair shop. It didn’t take long for their business to be a success!
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