For some women, chocolates, flowers, or a nice dinner date mean the world on Valentines. For me, its a letter. These penned missives aren’t quickly signed “Love, or I love you, love your husband”. I receive actual love letters. And they aren’t limited to holidays, or my birthday.
My husband & I met in ninth grade to be exact. However, we began to date in August, after our high school graduation. We went to separate colleges (Baylor & North Texas), but saw each other every weekend, with the exception of 3 non-consecutive weeks during our collegiate career. You could say we are inseparable. Mostly opposites: He (Gemini) likes hunting, is really into politics (majored in political science) watching history/discovery channel, & is witty/charming. I (Virgo) like fashion (majored in apparel design), watching hgtv/turner classics, and am cool & collected. Our common interests are cooking, traveling, love of new experiences & laughter. He helps me see the lighter side of life, & I in turn help him focus on the whole picture. For one another, we are a good balance.
The first letter received was in celebration of my birthday (we’d been dating for 3 months). Though he is very articulate, I was surprised at his sweet declarations and heartfelt emotion. I decided henceforth, I would keep every letter or note that he gave me.
A couple months later for our first Valentines, instead of buying “stuff”, we decided to make it memorable with a DIY surprise. With his dad’s help, he created a handmade box, with a heart on the opened lid, for me to keep his letters in.
Over the next four years, we would write one another, and his letters to me did not cease, even when he was living in Spain for a summer, or traveling England the next.
The letters exchanged over the past 11 years are a documented special part of my life, and one of the things that made me fall in love with him. Together we have experienced life & loss, with laughter & tears, good times and dark days, but always embracing the change that comes from this life’s journey, with one another.