Have you ever written or received a love letter?
I’m sitting on my couch on a Saturday night thinking a million things as always. I have my computer on my lap and Sex and the City is on TV. This is one of the few movies that I can watch over and over again. My fingers are running over the keyboard as I think about love and things I love about love. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Carrie and Big are laying in bed and she describes her love for library books and love letters. She is reading Love Letters of Great Men, Volume One. This specific scene is like a dream to me. Sitting in bed with my husband, talking about a book that contains some of the great love letters of all time and him actually being interested. I’m a big fan of books. I hate kindles. I’m a big fan of letters. I hate emails. There is nothing like the feeling of a book in your hand. The look of their pages and the sound they make when you open them for the first time. When you receive a letter there are so many exciting things about it. The different penmanship from person to person, the choice of paper they chose to write on, knowing that they spent time thinking and planning what to write specifically to you. Words on paper mean so much. The beautiful words that Carrie reads in this scene of the movie are some of my favorite…
My thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved
I can live only wholly with you or not at all
Be calm my life, my all. Only by calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together. Oh continue to love me, never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
In the past, love letters have been the common way to express love between two people. I think so many people today take for granted what those written words can do and what they can mean to someone. At the beginning of our relationship, my husband left notes all over our apartment. He wrote me letters about our future and his hopes for it. He sent me on a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt and at each stop I made, there was a rose and a hand made card with a special clue written with love. I’ve kept every single thing he’s ever written to me.
I don’t know if it’s because I have an obsession with the written word but they mean so much more to me than the spoken one. When someone writes words they come from deep thought, consideration and the heart. Sometimes spoken words are spur of the moment, random and not thought out. I admire and appreciate thought and the time it takes to write that thought down. So in my opinion, the love letter needs to be brought back into relationships. They are beautiful, intimate and kind gestures that last forever. They are something you can show your kids and grand kids. Something so precious that will still be around long after you no longer are. Those words can be passed down for generations. They are permanent.
There are few things more beautiful than a letter written from one lover to another. And nothing more beautiful than the expression of love.
When was the last time you wrote a love letter?