Valentine's Day Letters

Expressing your love to a special someone by writing them a letter is so much more meaningful than sending them a card or an e-card. There is something infinitely intimate about using a pen to pour your heart out on paper.

Writing a Valentine's letter can leave the best of us flummoxed. But it need not be so. There are only 2 rules that you need to remember before sitting down to write your letter. Rule #1: There are no rules. Rule #2: Read Rule #1 again.

You are not a professional greeting card or letter writer. So don't try to write like one. You are a human being head over heels in love with another human being. So, write like one! Remember, what comes from the heart goes to the heart.

Sure, feel free to browse the Valentine's card aisles or look up famous and celebrated love letters to get your creative juices flowing. That's purely research. Don't go and copy someone else's words and pass them off as your own!

Take your time. A Valentine's letter can never be hurried into existence. Write and write some more. Ask for feedback from those (ideally of the same gender as your special someone) whom you implicitly trust.

Go with your gut feeling even if the letter receives 'poor reviews' from the 'critics'.

Dear [Name],

You may think I am a sentimental fool to write you this letter.

After all, here I am . . . a 47-year-old man with graying hair and what can only be described as a beer belly.

We have been married close to 20 years and I cannot help but find it incredible that you still love me despite my many shortcomings.

You knew when you married me that my rather large head was rather full of beans. I thank you for marrying me nevertheless.

The kids have our good looks but your brains. I thank you for thinking I am a genius even though the kids know better.

I talk a lot. Thank you for listening a lot.

I know I don't pick up after myself as often as I should. Thank you for never forgetting to pick on me about it.

Your parents wanted their girl to marry a sane, stable and successful man. Thank you for making me one.

Your best friend hates me and I hate her. Thank you for not dumping either of us nevertheless.

I could never be your better half. Thank you for making me think that I am yours.

I love you.

 

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