Beyond the constraints of the 140 character limit, the ease of copy paste, undo, spell check and our instincts for instant gratification of the double blue tick & the ….is typing display on screen – is the ethereal joy of writing and receiving a handwritten letter. In an era where “convenience” reigns – expecting a handwritten note is pure indulgence. The extravagance of someone’s undivided attention is indeed a luxury. Each time you read it, its the joy of traversing through the sender’s thoughts as he or she wrote it–while the ink smudged, some words struck and the little doodles here and there.
The little creases & stamps on the envelop telling the distances it traveled to reach you and the familiarity of the handwriting being the proof of how well you know the one who sent it, adds to the magic that sometimes outlasts the very love expressed.
On a piece of paper the thoughts you poured.
In the twists and twirls of letters your heart unfolds
Random ink smudges, doodles, few words struck.
I followed your thought wagon
as it flowed, and the moments it got stuck.
Beyond the distance of time we meet
At the time you wrote, and each time I read.
We might never go back to that era of taking the pain to write a letter, but here are some beautiful love letters that has outlived the ones who wrote it. And believe me while you read it, you would feel exactly what they felt while they wrote it.
Johnny Cash’s letters to wife June Carter Cash
(Man in Black, music legend Johnny Cash wrote his heartfelt note to “the greatest woman I ever met” on his wife June Carter’s 65th birthday.)
“Happy Birthday Princess,
We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.”
Diego, my love,
Remember that once you finish the fresco we will be together forever once and for all, without arguments or anything, only to love one another.
Behave yourself and do everything that Emmy Lou tells you.
I adore you more than ever. Your girl, Frida
Mark Twain thanks his love, Olivia Louise Langdon
“Livy Darling, I am grateful — grate-fuller than ever before — that you were born, & that your love is mine & our two lives woven & melded together! – SLC
Stieg Larsson to Eva Gabrielsson
(On November 9th of 2004, Stieg Larsson — journalist and author passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 50-years-old. The next month, Stieg’s long-term partner, Eva Gabrielsson, found the following letter amongst his belongings. It was written in 1977, and concealed in an envelope reading, “To be opened only after my death”)
This is the first time I’ve written to you knowing exactly what to say: I love you, I love you, love you, love you. I want you to know that. I want you to know that I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone. I want you to know I mean that seriously. I want you to remember me but not grieve for me. If I truly mean something to you, and I know that I do, you will probably suffer when you learn I am dead. But if I really mean something to you, don’t suffer, I don’t want that. Don’t forget me, but go on living. Live your life. Pain will fade with time, even if that’s hard to imagine right now. Live in peace, my dearest love; live, love, hate, and keep fighting…
I had a lot of faults, I know, but some good qualities as well, I hope. But you, Eva, you inspired such love in me that I was never able to express it to you…
Straighten up, square your shoulders, hold your head high. Okay? Take care of yourself, Eva. Go have a cup of coffee. It’s over. Thank you for the beautiful times we had. You made me very happy. Adieu.
I kiss you goodbye, Eva
From Stieg, with love.
If you loved reading these letters why not grab a pen and a paper and try writing one – your long forgotten handwriting awaits being recognized!
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