Today we are featuring "Courtship," by Claudia L. Bushman from our newest issue 59:3. Find the abstract below. Use the link at the bottom for the full essay.
After sixty-eight years of marriage, historian Claudia L. Bushman tells the very personal story of her courtship with her husband, Richard Lyman Bushman. Claudia and Dick met in New England in 1952, when Claudia was attending Wellesley College and Dick was finishing his mission service before returning to Harvard in the same town. Although at first Dick appeared stern and unfriendly and Claudia felt tounge-tied, he asked Claudia out often, and he also wrote her beautiful letters during school breaks. Dick proposed marriage in November 1954, but Claudia didn’t actually accept until several months later. They were married in August 1955, and despite the usual rough patches, today they recognize that they are very fortunate in their marriage.