Love Letters
by Dave



Why write a love letter? Because love letters inspire! They show caring, creativity, desire, originality, affection, sensitivity, romance, passion, and all the other little things that make us fall in love. Love letters are real proof of your feelings, a snapshot of time that your partner can put away and bring out when they're feeling sad, or happy, or when they've just about had it with you. They make us feel alive!

When people think "love letter" they generally picture long, flowery prose written by dead guys, but it doesn't have to be that way. It shouldn't be that way. Most of us don't even speak like that and you'll be amazed at how much more powerful a few simple thoughts can be when written from the heart.

With that said, your love letters shouldn't be so simple that they're bland and forgettable. Make sure you send them by mail. That's right, actual physical mail with a stamp and everything. Not email (at least not most of the time), and don't print them out on a cheap piece of paper in Arial or Times New Roman. Use an interesting font. Get a decent piece of paper and write your feelings out by hand. Make mistakes, rewrite it a few times. Add drawings or photos, cut out pictures, shape or tear the paper, turn it into something personal. Get out a felt marker and write your feelings down loud and clear. That's what they'll want to read. That's something that stays with a person.

So what are the elements of a great love letter? First and foremost, be sincere - never try to be something you're not. Then pick a theme and you're ready to go! Here are some basics:

  • How are you feeling?
    Are you giddy all the time? Can you feel butterflies in your stomach whenever you think of them? Do you feel consumed by restless energy unless you're together?
  • Why you love them?
    What is it about them that drives you crazy? Their sense of humor? The way they look at the world? How they smile at you when you do something dumb?
  • What do you want to do together?
    Do you imagine being with them on a deserted beach? Hiking through the rainforest? Dancing until all hours of the night? Plan a little slice of your future together.
  • What do you think about when they're not around?
    Do you keep replaying scenes from the times you've spent together or imagine what you'll do next? Do you want to buy them things? Drive by their house just to get a glimpse?
  • Do you just want to say thanks?
    A love letter can be as simple as a "Thank you for a lovely evening, I hope to see you again soon" or you can explain why you had such a great time and express your fervent wishes to do it again.

One last piece of advice: telling a person they're beautiful is great, but a good love letter should focus on more than just the physical. It's far more flattering to have someone try to understand you as a person than saying you're hot nine different ways.



Fun Ideas

Not only can you be creative and honest with your feelings but feel free to be creative with the entire composition. Use photos, drawings, or anything else to inject your own unique personality into the letter!
  • Do you have something playful to say? Write it in crayon!
  • Take a picture of the message traced out with stones or written in the sand at the beach. Each picture could be an individual word or sentence.
  • Get some white glow-in-the-dark paint and draw a big heart on the wall or ceiling above their bed with both of your initials and a little note, like the classic 'J+S 4ever'. It won't be visible until they turn off the lights for bed that night!
  • Do they like baseball? Write your love letter out on one!
  • Write it in chalk on the sidewalk outside their home.
  • Spell out your love on their pillowcase or favorite underwear!
  • Cut the letters out of a magazine or newspaper and glue your love letter together like a ransom note.
  • Trace it out on their bathroom mirror with your finger so that it's visible in the steam when they get out of the shower.
  • Have it made into a romantic puzzle and let them assemble it.
  • Cut it up and place each piece in a plastic Easter egg and let them have an egg hunt!

Example Letters

Here's a list of stories, quotes, and ideas that cover a wide range of feelings. You'll love some and hate others, which is ok. If you have a good one, add it to the suggestions at the bottom of the page.

From the Heart

With the truly great love letters, you can feel what's going on in a person's heart. Affection and enthusiasm shine through, giving the letter a personality of its own.

"What I really feel...
      If you were here now,
I would kiss you.
I would hold your hand and
look at you with wonder,
and then,
if you would let me,
I would kiss you again,
and again,
and again.
      If you were here now
we'd get in trouble.
The stewardesses would have to
pull us apart, then send one
to sit up front and the other
in back.
      We'd get a scolding at the
airport, an asterisk by our
names for future flights,
then released, promising to never
ever again salsa dance with
the seatbelt sign on."
-Other People's Love Letters

"The man of your dreams,
perhaps not
maybe just one of the
many that have fallen
but for now I am
ridiculously happy
to be the one who
curls himself around you."
-Other People's Love Letters

By the Way

These are the "I was thinking about you and had to write something down" type of messages. They're cute, sincere, and show that you can't get the person out of your mind.

"What can I do?
      All I want is to be next to you
I'd take the next bus to your
door but I'd probably get in
trouble with my boss
      All right, I'll say it again then go
I Love you"
-Love Letters Lost

"I'm having terribly naughty
thoughts again today, and I was
wondering if you might want to
hear about them.
      Am trying to focus on work, but
you know how that goes - I keep
having these delicious new ideas.
Oh well, have a pleasant afternoon."
-Other People's Love Letters



Simple Thoughts

These are the sometimes funny, touching, or even powerful snippets that convey one simple thought. They're not supposed to be complex messages, but rather the little things that make your relationship unique.

"I miss your smile."

"Stay warm for me and have a nice day.
You are my sweetheart ever with popsicle feet."
-Other People's Love Letters

"When I think of you I can't sit still."

"I want to see you when I wake up."

"...because you sing in your car"

"I love you more than
anyone has loved anyone.
(now I'm going to shower)"
-Other People's Love Letters

"What do you know it is Tuesday in Albuquerque and I'm in love with you."
-Telegram from Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan, 1956

Lyrics

Each of us has favorite songs and lyrics that seem to communicate our feelings better than we ever could. Share a verse or two with that special person but don't overuse them; love letters are best when original.

"Do you see?
How the wind in your hair now feels differently"
- Silversun Pickups

"I thought that the world had lost its sway
then I fell in love with you
and you took that away
you take away the old
show me the new
and I feel like I can fly
when I stand next to you"
- Blue October

"I wish I could be
every little thing you wanted
all the time."
- Dishwalla

"And I find peace
When I'm confused
I find hope when
I'm let down
Not in me
But in You"
- Switchfoot

"I want you to want me."
- Cheap Trick

Edgy

These can hint at romantic feelings and passions to come, or go all the way. I'll leave the graphic ones to you.

"I want you.
All the time."

"I want you like
I've never wanting anything."

"I bought whipped cream"

Quotes

Similar to lyrics, use the occasional quote or poetry.

"I'd like to run away
From you,
But if you didn't come
And find me ...
I would die."
- Shirley Bassey

"I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Away from you the world is a desert. You have taken more than my soul."
- Napoleon to Josephine

"One word frees us
Of all the weight and pain in life,
That word is Love"
-Socrates

Letters

This is what most people write -- long, rambling letters about maybe nothing at all because they just can't help themselves. And you know what? The recipients usually love them for it!

"My Darling,
      Here it is - our day and if we were home we'd have a fire and "funnies" and we'd hate anyone who called or dropped in.
As it is I'm sitting here on the 6th floor beside a phoney fireplace looking out at a grey wet sky and listening to a radio play music not intended for one person alone.
      Nevertheless I wouldn't trade the way I feel for the loneliness of those days when one place was like another and it didn't matter how long I stayed away. With all the "missing you" there is still such a wonderful warmth in the loneliness like looking forward to a bright warm room. No matter how dark & cold it is at the moment - you know the room is there waiting.
      Of course when I say "you" anymore I'm talking a package deal - you and the two & a half year old you. Time goes so slowly and I'm such a coward when you are out of sight - so afraid something will go wrong if I'm not there to take care of you, so be very careful.
      It's time to move on to the next town now and every move is a step toward home and you. I love you so very much I don't even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. The waiting only made the finding sweeter.
      When you get this we will be almost halfway through the lonely stretch.
I love you
Ronnie"
-Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan, 1955

"My best Beloved-
      I am so happy that I cannot go to sleep until I tell you - What sort a dream-evening this has been - so radiant were the hours, and how completely you filled them.
      This first June day has been so crowded with joy that my heart can have no more - and I must talk to you, and make you feel how splendidly I love you. Each time we are together, dearest, you seem more completely to fill my need and to stimulate and awaken every emotion.
      While I write there is a gleam of the magic circle on my finger that warms my heart with its more than precious message from you. At night I usually take off my rings but this one will stay where I can feel it, even in my dreams. And it brings me the most exquisite pleasure..."
-Edith Bolling Galt to President Woodrow Wilson, 1915

"Dear Miss Ada,
      You will think strange of me for writing these few lines, but I get to see you so seldom, I cannot resist. And besides I cannot half express my love for you in words.
      Had I the eloquence of Cicero, or the pen of Burns, it would be impossible for me to tell you half the love I have for you. I love you better than any living creature, and no one knows, save the One above, how happy I would be if you could return my love.
      When you seem to treat me cool, my life is a misery to me; and when you are the reverse, my happiness knows no bounds.
      Oh please don't turn from me coldly.
      Will you not give me some encouragement? Can I not yet have some hopes?
I am yours most devotedly
J.L. Slagle"
-Love Letters Lost



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