Have you written a love note lately? Or received
one? I don’t mean one of those beautiful cards you pick up at Hallmark or Walgreens—although
they are nice. I’m talking about an honest-to-goodness love note, scratched out
in your own hand – a missive declaring your heartfelt affection for someone in
|Kinda sweet, even with the misspellings, huh?|
Love Notes are on my mind because on July 7, I celebrated 39 years
of marriage to the love of my life , and I received one. Short, but
definitely a love note! It touched my heart.
Our anniversary is always an important day, but some
years we celebrate bigger than others. This time we agreed to keep it to cards
and dinner out. No big gifts. We’re going to the beach soon. That will be
We exchanged cards at breakfast and later looked
through some old pictures. Terry posted one of us from 40 years ago on
Facebook, which I also shared. Over dinner that evening, we related to one of
our sons and his sweetheart how we met, got serious too fast, took a break and
became best friends before realizing we loved each other enough to want to spend the
rest of our lives together. They were appropriately attentive and impressed. Our
day was sweet.
But back to that love note. This man, who will tell
you he finds conventional romantic gestures a bit uncomfortable – although he
always observes them – shines brightest
when it comes to more unconventional expressions of love. (Someday I’ll
tell you about the love note he wrote me on the lawn.)
Here’s this year's anniversary card in all its hand-lettered glory.
It was perfect!
Or as we say in our family, "Just Right!"
Did it put a lump in your throat? It does in mine, every time I read it. Definitely deserves a mat and frame.
You might ask me, as the aspiring writer, if I composed a love sonnet or poured out my heart to him in beautiful prose.
Short answer: No.
I depended on one of those greeting
cards I mentioned earlier to do it for me – mostly because I get stuck on
the overall effect of the card instead of the essential message. The sentiments are very important -- I
spend a lot of time finding just the right one. But I want it to be completed with
the perfect illustration.
And I am not an artist. Stick figures are hard for me.
I found a card this year that said exactly what was in my heart.
Here it is:
I love it because it's still true after all these years!
But now I’m thinking it might have been the lazy way
out for this lover of well-turned phrases. Next time, I shall pen my own love message.
But why wait? Who says there has to be a special occasion to tell the important people in our lives that we love them?
Gotta go now!
I have a note to write.
How about you? Is there someone you could delight today? It doesn't have to be limited to a sweetheart. There are many important people in our worlds.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach ... Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Labels: Anniversary, Love, Love Notes, Marriage