“We Can’t Touch Her And Yet We Can Feel Her”: George H.W. Bush’s Secret Letter About The Daughter He Lost


December 11, 2018 11:25 By Fabiosa

George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, had a very successful political career. In addition, he was a devoted husband and a father of five children: George, Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy.

Pauline Robinson Bush was George H.W. Bush’s second child and the eldest daughter. But unfortunately, she had an extremely short life, as on October 11, 1953, she died of leukemia at age 3. The little girl passed away just several months before her fourth birthday.

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In a recent post on the Bush Foundation’s official Twitter account, Barbara Bush reads a letter that George H.W. Bush wrote to his mother about their daughter Robin, who lost her battle with leukemia at the age of 3.

It is impossible to hold back tears while listening to such a heartbreaking message from a man who lost a child. In the letter, George H.W. Bush wrote he feels emptiness in his heart, and wants his little girl to come back. And even though she is not with him anymore, he can still feel her presence at home.


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The letter reads:

There is about our house a need. We need some soft blonde hair to offset those crew cuts. We need a doll house to stand firm against our forts and racquets and thousand baseball cards. We need someone who’s afraid of frogs. We need a little one who can kiss without leaving egg or jam or gum. We need a girl. We had one once — she’d fight and cry and play and make her way, just like the rest. But there was about her a certain softness. She was patient. Her hugs were a just little less wiggly ...


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George H.W. Bush also added:

But she is still with us. We need her and yet we have her. We can’t touch her and yet we can feel her. We hope she’ll stay in our house for a long, long time. Love, Pop.


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On November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush died at the age of 94. He reunited with his wife and daughter, whom he missed so much.

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