By LIBBY CLUETT | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Meaders may or may not have known the power of the contents of one letter before she was 17. But at this young age Meaders, now 83, received a pivotal letter from a 19-year-old childhood friend who served with the Allied Occupational Forces in Japan about a year after the end of World War II and dropping of two atomic bombs on Japanese cities – first Hiroshima and then Nagasaki.
The hand-written missive included a special object that would affect Meaders' life.
“It was the size of an ordinary envelope,” she recalled, “But I could tell there was something more than the letter.”
She opened the envelope and folded in the letter “like a blanket” was a child's small doll, no longer than the length of her hand.
“It had on a kimono – red – and it was belted,” Meaders said of the small present. She added that the face and body of the doll were pure white and she had big round eyes.
“In the letter he said that he found that doll in the rubble of Hiroshima and he thought I would like to have it,” she recalled.
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