More of the story is told in the preceding two blogs: Pres and Donna Theresa: The Love Story That Inspired A Nonprofit Combatting Domestic Violence and Pres and Donna Theresa Part Two: Pres Works on Healing From the Loss of Donna Theresa
She took Pres’ hand and led him into her bedroom. It was a very romantic, beautiful way to end the day. There was just one problem. It was not a physical difficulty, but rather a psychological one. The relationship, the intimacy Pres once desired more than life itself, now, finally within reach, was still beyond his grasp. Pres was unable to consummate the moment.
One more time Pres journaled his feelings in a letter to Donna Theresa. This one he sent.
June 6th, 1997
Dearest Donna Theresa,
You must know that you have been on my mind almost constantly since we last visited and since you honored me with the most wonderful compliment and proposal. There are a million thoughts running through my mind as I write.
I can’t help reaching back in memory --- there are so many experiences we share --- so many years --- so much love that has never for a moment ceased to be important to me --- and so many images flow though my memory until one hesitates, and I am surprised to be looking into a vision, a moment in time, when I first set eyes on you so many years ago. Today, June 6th, is the anniversary of that event. I will never forget it cara mia.
If I were to write about those early times --- I have often thought about doing so --- I would title it “Ten Days in June”. It would be a love story.
I loved you then, as I love you now, and always will. There is no way that can ever change. I am convinced you and I were put on this earth for a single purpose; to meet, come together, fall deeply in love, experience the trauma of our separation, heal our souls together, and then to create and share a purpose that would make this world a better, more loving place to live. In that sense we will be together for all time.
To that end, even now, you are always with me. And I will never be far from you. So should you need me for anything, I will be there for you. That simply is the way it is my love. But dear, dear Donna Theresa, we are in different places now, and I do not see my life moving in a direction that would likely bring us together again on this earth.
Always and forever,
Now Pres’ son Chris has created a new initiative, domesticshelters.org, an online, searchable, free, easy to use database of more than 3,000 shelters in the United States.
The site is a partnership between Theresa’s Fund and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It also offers many articles about coping with abuse. Site Development, maintenance, and operation for the first year are estimated to cost $150,000.00 including associated social media.
Pres and Donna Theresa’s second husband, Frank, have each committed $35,000 in matching funds. In other words, every donor’s dollar is really worth three because Pres and Frank will match it. To donate, please mail your gift to:
1300 E. Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85014
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