Sunday, June 28, 2009

Writing Love Letters

The Art of of Manliness has an excellent post on writing a love letter. Having spent over twenty years in the Army and many times away from my family, I would say that receiving (and sending) cards as love letters is one of the ways my wife and I were able to keep our love for each other. Emails just don't feel the same as receiving something in the mail from the person we love. We just recently celebrated our twenty year anniversary. Writing each other “real letters and cards” made it seem that we were not so far apart those many deployments.

I have been out of the Army for several years, but still send a card to my wife quite often. It is also nice to clean out a back corner of the closet and come across a box of old letters every once in awhile. It reminds me of what we had and still have.

Here are some tips from the Art of Manliness on how to write a good love letter:

1. Start off by stating the purpose of your letter. You want your love to know right away that this is a love letter.

2. Recall a romantic memory.

3. Now transition to a section about the things you love about her.

4. Tell her how your life has changed since meeting her.

5. Reaffirm your love and commitment.

6. End with a line that sums up your love. “

As a bit of inspiration, here is a video that about a letter written in 1861 by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah, a week before the Battle of Bull Run:




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