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Love Letters Help Keep the Flames of Love Burning Brightly

Updated on February 4, 2017


Have you ever written a love letter to someone? Do you write love letters to your current romantic partner? Throughout history, the love letter has been a way to fan the flames of romance, especially when a couple must be apart geographically. President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams wrote many love letters to each other when he was called away to be involved with running our new young country. Napoleon Bonaparte wrote passionate love letters to his wife Josephine when he was at war. Elizabeth Barret Browning and Robert Browning wrote love poems to each other. The love letter is a wonderful way to express thoughts of love and caring when a couple has to be apart. With the invention of technology, there are many different ways to send love letters today.

The Hand Written Word

Pen and paper are the oldest and most common way to write a love letter. With the invention of email, it seems the actual effort to take pen and paper in hand and pour out one's thoughts with ink, on paper, has fallen by the wayside. But I must say that it is exactly that, the effort one must take to find a piece of paper, or maybe some beautiful stationery, an appropriate writing utensil, the time to hand write the letter, find an envelope, pay for a stamp, and seal, address and walk the letter to the mailbox or drop it by the post office, that makes receiving a love letter so special. The recipient knows that no matter what is written in the letter, there was much thought and effort made to prepare and send the letter. It's already special even before it is opened.

Love Letters Through Technology

With the predominance of technology in the world today, many people find it easier to just type a love letter. Although this is quick and easy, it is often shorter than a hand written love letter might be. But for those who are addicted to technology, any form of a love letter is better than nothing. And after all, it's the thought that counts. Email is a very quick and efficient way to send a love letter. It's much quicker than the U.S. postal service and is a good way to communicate your feelings to the one you love when they are traveling. It also has spell check readily available, so if you happen to be in love with someone who is an editor, or tends to edit things you write, you have a built-in corrections system! Texts are another way to send a love letter, but unless you have a keyboard on your phone, it takes a lot longer to type out than email. Texts and email are almost instantaneous, so work well in expressing feelings to your love when they are in an anxiety-producing situation and you want to reassure them in real time.

Words to Use

Many people don't write love letters because they don't know where to start, or exactly what to say. Well, the details of your day don't belong in a love letter. What should be included are words and descriptions that will make your significant other feel loved. It could be a description of the things you love about them...not just physical characteristics, but also things about their personality. Imagine how your love would feel if you wrote out a list of 10 things you love about them, and describe each one. If you aren't very wordy, you can just list the 10 things. Examples might be their sense of humor, their intelligence, their generosity, their honesty, their creativity, their eyes, their smile, the way they kiss, the way they live their beliefs, their loyalty to those they love, their sense of adventure, etc. You get the picture. Or, you could describe a characteristic about the other person that attracted you to them in the first place, and why you still love them for that characteristic now. An example of that would be their concern for you, such as making sure the coffee is ready for you first thing in the morning, or always warming up your car for you on cold winter mornings. Or, you could describe a dream that the two of you have together...to travel to Europe someday, or Hawaii, build your dream home, or take a cruise, and how the fact that they hold the dream in their heart along with you makes you fall in love with them again each time the two of you talk about it. Or, you could describe something you watched them do, and how it made you love them even more. Examples of this might be when the two of you took your elderly mother out to dinner, and your husband jokingly escorted her by the arm, acting like a gallant knight, and even opening the car door for her, but in reality, he was making sure she didn't lose her balance and fall. Or how your wife cares for your children by reading a story to them each night before bed, says prayers with them and tenderly kisses each one while tucking them into bed.Sometimes a love letter can be in the form of a poem, but it doesn't even have to have been written by you. It can be written by another author, as long as you mention that this poem describes the way you feel about the recipient. Texts are usually shorter than either written letters or emails, but can still convey words of love, such as a thank you message about something they did at the house for you that you noticed or a message about how you will be thinking about them during their meeting that day and hope it goes well.

Even when we have been together with someone for a long time, it's still nice to be noticed and appreciated. A love letter, love email, or love text, especially when it's not expected, can show just that in a way the spoken word can't.


Copyright by Karen Hellier, 2012




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      debW07 5 years ago

      A love letter is one of the best gifts you can give to your significant other. Monetarily, it costs nothing but emotionally, it's priceless! Great Hub!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      So true! I forgot to say it costs nothing...except a stamp if you mail it...LOL!

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      cjhellierIII 5 years ago

      This reminds me to write one. I haven't done this in quite a while!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm glad to be able to encourage you in the love letter department.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      My husband and I write love letters all the time. Because he's in the Army I think it's easier for us to write letters since we don't always get to talk. We even sit next to each other on the couch and text sometimes because we don't want the kids to hear us LOL Good hub!!! Thanks!

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      Karen 5 years ago

      Wow...texting while sitting next to each other. That's a new one but a great idea when kids are involved. I LOVE it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great reminder. I try to do these on a regular basis but as usual I get distracted and off course. Thank you and I do believe it is time for me to write one. Great hub!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      I'm glad you were inspired to write a love letter! I am sure it will be appreciated on the other end. Your hubs inspire me as well.

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      Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      I used to write lovely letters to my girl who happens to be my wife now. I stopped when technology caught up with us. I haven't written since. May be I should revive it. I wonder how she will take it.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Anjili,

      I think you should give it a try. She may really like it and be touched that you thought to do it.Let me know how it works out if you decide to try it.

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      threedognyt 4 years ago from New York, NY

      I appreciate this post as my boyfriend is often on the road. I will start placing a love letter in his suitcase for him to open when he is away.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      threedognyt,

      Glad to give you inspiration. I am sure he will enjoy it. I still like to get cards and letters from Chuck when he goes away and he enjoys mine. And it's been 7 years! Hopefully your boyfriend will take your lead and leave you one too. It's often harder to be the one left behind than the one who goes away.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Karen I agree. those love letters can keep our relationships fired up.. what a great hub.. sharing on Facebook

      Debbie

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much Deborah, for reading and for sharing!

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      milleramanda53 4 years ago from Florida

      Great hub from day one my husband and I write love letters to each other and to this day I will find one each morning before he leaves for work.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      My goodness Amanda, that's a lot of love letters. I am sure he has most husbands beat in that area. Sounds like quite a romantic guy. Good for you that you have such a loving husband.

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      milleramanda53 4 years ago from Florida

      He is an awesome man and we have been doing this for going on 8 years now I try to keep them all together but some have been lost in all the moving and one day I will get around to putting them into a scrap book for our kids so they can see that this is what life is all about just being happy.. :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Aw, that's really sweet.

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