Love letters.

There's nothing quite like a love letter.

My daddy used to write me little notes and I never knew how much they meant to me at the time. He had one specific phrase he'd use (no, I'm not going to say it -- it's cheesy and that's why I love it) and I'd get all embarrassed then...but now, the memory just warms my heart.  I realize now that it also made me know that he did the same thing for my mom even if I never saw them. I still have the one he wrote me when we found out we were going to have a baby (he suggested twins).

When I traveled out of the country for work when my daughter was about six, I left a series of notes hidden around the house. I think she found them all before I got back and it made the time go much faster for her. And every first day of school warrants a note in her lunch bag. Even now, if I'm gone more than a night or two, I'll often leave a note on a mirror.

But there's something different about a love letter -- the one that's only between you and the love of your life. Not a pre-printed card, not one required by a birthday or anniversary, but the one that shows up unexpectedly and touches some part of your soul. It can be a single sentence or 100 sentences, but the effect is the same -- bonds are renewed, hurts are healed, laughs are shared.

Maybe it's because I love words and writing. Maybe it's because it's so hard to find time for conversation without distractions. But I'll take heartfelt words on a page over jewelry every time.


  1. I love this, Traci! You're right about love letters -- nothing quite like them. Spoken words are nice, too, but you can take a love letter out over and over and over. They never get old, and every time you read them, it's like getting embraced all over again.


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