Do you remember the first love letter you received? I was in elementary school and a guy all the way across the country wrote me a love letter. It was a big deal for me just to get mail and plus it came all the way from the east coast. In those days, love letters were a substitute for talking on the phone. Stamps were a lot cheaper than long distance back then. Over the years, I received many love letters in high school, college and in my adult life. However, with free long distance, the technology to send immediate emails and texts, and the ability to send electronic cards, no one sends love letters anymore.
Over the years, I have also given and received many Hallmark and American Greeting cards from my husband, friends and loved ones. In fact, I have a treasure chest full of them . I don't want to throw them away because someone took the time and spent good money (Cards are expensive these days) to think enough of me to send the very best. I have thought about making collages or finding ways to recycle them. There are a few ideas out there on the internet, so on a snow day, I may give it a try.
Of course the ones I treasure the most are the ones my husband has given me for our anniversary, my birthday, Valentine's day, Mother's Day and "just because" cards. A couple of years ago, we thought about how much we have spent purchasing cards for one another as well as family members. Wow, no wonder Hallmark stays in business. For certain occasions, sending cards is the standard so we committed to keeping the tradition of buying and sending cards.
However for Valentine's Day, we decided that we would send one another "love letters". That's right good old fashioned, hand written love letters. I must say, this was a wonderful change because our letters came from our own voice rather than Hallmark's card designers. I planned for days what I was going to write in my love letter and enjoyed writing it in my own handwriting to express my adoration and love for my husband. I wanted to please him of course but I also secretly wanted to outdo him.
My hubby really got creative and found some beautiful paper with red roses that made his letter look even more romantic. When I received the envelope and his affectionate words written amongst the red roses, my heart melted. He had won my heart all over again. I didn't care about the competition anymore. He still uses that paper today to leave me love notes around the house or hidden in my suitcase when I am traveling.
Valentine's day is coming, so do something different this year, write a love letter to the one you love! I better get started on mine!!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach