Romeo wooing Juliet from the balcony, Jack teaching Rose to fly on the deck of the Titanic, and now Max declaring his love for Martha on aisle 7 of Walmart. The annals of true love have their newest addition.
In what is surely the most romantic moment to happen in a Walmart in recent memory, last week an employees at a store in Dalton, Ga., discovered a long-lost love letter from Max, a military serviceman (whose last name doesn’t appear on the the letter) to his “honey,” Martha Young. The four-page letter’s postmark? July 30, 1954.
“I ran out of paper and had to borrow some,” the letter concludes. “Hope you can read this. Take care of yourself honey and stay sweet and remember I love you. Good night sweetheart. Lots of love Max.”
The contents leave little doubt to the strong feelings Max had for Martha, as he details his intention of asking her parents for permission to marry once he returns from a brief military deployment. Unfortunately, there’s not enough information to help ID either Max or Martha.
Inevitably, a search for the mysterious couple has ensued, triggering all sorts of questions regarding Max, Martha, the reasons for the love letter’s 64-year delay in delivery, and its sudden appearance at a big box store.
Did Max ultimately propose? Did Martha say yes? And how did this love letter end up on the floor of a Walmart 64 years later?
All these questions remain unanswered. But this much is certain— internet sleuths are hard at work looking for answers.
And the letter has put Walmart, not exactly an iconic location for whimsy, on par with the Eiffel Tower and the top of the Empire State Building as dreamy locales for love this 2018 holiday season.