Gramma Larson Remembers series second book features poems by Helen O. Larson with photographs and documents. 164 pages - Released September 1, 2014
Diary of Love Poems is the second book in the Gramma Larson Remembers series. It is the story of a love that began on a bus in 1956. It continued until her husband Ivar passed away thirty-one years later on January 21, 1998. However, Helen's love for Ivar did not end then. It carried on for another seventeen years until she left to meet him on May 18, 2005. "As I go to sleep, and this poem closes my book to you, I wil be dreaming of meeting, my love Ivar, my son Paul, Jesus, and Elvis you too." Helen O. Larson was born, October 24, 1910, and brought up in a village named Rockland. It was subsequently destroyed in the 1920s to build the Scituate Reservoir. Forced to leave their farm, her family relocated to the village of Hope. Later she married, had two sons, and then divorced. In 1956 she met Ivar E. Larson, the driver on the Pawtuxet Valley Bus line. He drove the bus she would travel on to her house cleaning jobs. One spring morning as they were talking she expressed she really did not want to go to work. His reply was, don't go. She in turn replied she had to. Her husband had left her and she had to provide for her two sons. He mentioned his wife had left him also. And so began a love story. Helen tells her story in poems of how much she loved Ivar, how much she missed him, and how much she prayed he would return, knowing all along it could never be. Included are a mixture of over 40 photographs and documents with captions.