Share the Love: Are Love Letters a Lost Art?

Wednesday, February 10

Valentine's Day is just a few days away...and I've been thinking about some of the great love letters ever written, especially after having learned more about the movie Bright Star.  Do people write them anymore?  In the era of Hallmark, e-mail, texting, and Twitter, have they become lost in the name of progress?

I still love to get real letters...ones that are handwritten.  They don't have to be pretty or well thought out, just heartfelt....and true.  With all that happens in our busy daily lives do you take the time to tell the person(s) that you love, that you love them...and the reasons why?  It's easy to take the ones we love for granted.  Very easy.  And I have to wonder, with divorce rates increasing each year, as well as the number of single individuals if we haven't lost a precious form of communicating.  

There are several books that I have been wanting to read, or have recently picked up, containing what some believe are the greatest love letters ever written, but some of my personal favorites come from the book, I LOVE YOU, RONNIE  They are love letters that Ronald Reagan wrote to his wife Nancy over the course of over 50 years of marriage.  The letters and notes show that they were true friends and lovers, through good times and bad.  They are tender, at times poetic, but most times he just speaks from his heart and tells Nancy how much he loves her.  I can only imagine how much these handwritten notes meant to her when his Alzheimer's took his memory from him.

There were several letters that I loved, but could not possibly be able to quote them all here, so I chose only a few.  Ronald Regan wrote notes and letters to Nancy for special holidays such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, their Anniversary, but also when they were separated even if just for the day.  This first excerpt is one that he wrote to her for Valentine's Day.  You should know that after they had children he often referred to her as Mommie...

Feb 14, 1960

Darling Mommie Poo,

Feb 14 may be the date they observe and call Valentine's Day but that is for people of only ordinary luck.

I happen to have a "Valentine's Life" which started on March 4, 1952 and will continue as long as I have you.

Therefore realizing the importance of this to me, will you be my Valentine from now on and for ever and ever?  You see my choice is limited, a Valentine Life, or no life because I love you very much.


Their anniversary was on March 4, and he often referred to this date as the beginning of his life.  The next letter is one he wrote her a few years later from the previous one for their anniversary...

March 4, 1963

My Darling,

This is really just an "in between" day.  It is a day on which I love you three hundred and sixty five days more than I did a year ago and three hundred and sixty five less than I will a year from now.

But I wonder how I lived at all for all the three hundred and sixty fives before I met you.

All my love,


This final one was written twenty years later, by this point Ronald Reagan was our President, but it is clear that no matter his immense responsibilities governing our country, their love only grew with time...

March 4 1983

Dear First Lady

I know tradition has it that on this morning I place cards, Happy Anniversary cards on your breakfast tray.  But things are somewhat mixed up.  I substituted a gift & delivered it a few weeks ago.

Still this is the day, the day that marks 31 years of such happiness as comes to few men.  I told you once that it was like an adolescent's dream of what marriage should be like.  That hasn't changed.

You know I love the ranch but these last two days made it plain I only love it when you are there.  Come to think of it that's true of every place & every time.  When you aren't there I'm no place, just lost in time & space.

I more than love you, I'm not whole without you.  You are life itself to me.  When you are gone I'm waiting for you to return so I can start living again.

Happy Anniversary & thank you for 31 wonderful years.

I love you

Your Grateful Husband

I love the idea of writing love letters to the one you love (that's a lotta "love's in one sentence) on your anniversary and any other special date like Valentine's Day.  I remember reading  about his tradition in a book by Adriana Trigiani (Big Stone Gap series) where the hero and heroine, once so madly in love are experiencing hardships in their marriage, yet they still write love letters to each other for their anniversary.  And even though I don't remember everything about those books, I remember the love letters and how special they were to the heroine while reflecting on her marriage.  They reminded her of the reasons why they loved each other and why they fell in love in the first place.  Despite the hurts, the letters helped heal her heart.

Maybe I'm just overly sentimental, but I love love letters.  Don't get me wrong, I love flowers and chocolate as much as the next person, maybe even more, but I would much prefer to receive a handwritten note giving me words of love and the reasons why I am special to that person.  Then again they say "actions speak louder than words", but they also say "the pen is mightier than the sword" I say why not have both :) 

Do you write love letters? And if so what is your preferred method (ie cards, email, tweets...)

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Rebecca Lynn February 10, 2010 at 1:49 AM  

I love love letters. :-) I have two sets of very beautiful hand-written love-letters. One from my high school boyfriend, and one from my college/post-college love, who wrote beautiful letters to me for ten years. I have a giant box of them, and whenever I feel like I need a pick-me-up, I pull out those beautiful hand-written notes, and swoon. Ah, there's nothing like it.

And I think I will start it again with my next love. I just adore having a piece of paper in my hand that he's held in his, and feeling connected to him. It's amazing.

Thanks for this post. It was good for me to remember that. I need to pull those out again.

jedisakora February 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

I have actually never written a love letter. Then again i'm the sad 23 year old who's never had a boyfriend.... I can already compose one in my mind though for any future lovers. ^^

alba February 10, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

Writing love letters is a lost art those letters from Mr Reagan brought tears to my eyes I read them to DH he was surprised at how romantic he was.
I have to say My DH would leave post its with an I love you coffees made enjoy.
Now he find the perfect card that's carbon copy of what our life is like together.
As for me my Mother is in England so every month I get a blank card write a wee note inside she looks forward to them. I started it 2 years ago she was for ever say I get nothing but bills now she get something besides bills...
Have a good one.

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