Cleaning out a closet in my late mom's apartment, I found a dusty old cardboard box. On top is written, "Gene's Letters," and on one end, "Private!" Gene was my father, and a quick glance at the envelopes show they are from WWII, when he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. I know that when he left home he and my mom were friends, in that my mom was a good friend of his kid sister. By the time he came home, they had decided to marry, so I know the romance was essentially via mail. Also written on the box are the words, "Burn or destroy!" but that is blacked out, as though she changed her mind about that. Mom never discussed the letters, and I never knew they were there. Perhaps my sister knew, but she's gone now, too. Part of me wants to shred the letters unread, part of me wants to know more about the people they were then. I am leaning toward destroying them unread, on the theory that it's not really my business. But still . . . . Thoughts?