Perhaps the most widely quoted love letter is Elizabeth Barrett Browning‘s “How Do I Love Thee” which she wrote to her husband, Robert, but there have been many more outstanding ones that were never made public. I’m here to remedy that with a few excerpts from some of the more memorable ones.
“My Dearest Baby Love…” This is how my grandmother started a letter to my grandfather when she was away from him while visiting her parents. They hadn’t been married very long, no kids yet, so it had to be early in the 1920’s. She ends the letter by signing, “Forever your Sweetheart Love.”. I’d give you the in- between stuff, but out of respect to my grandparents, I think I’d better keep it private. Let me just say that it is incredibly sweet and touching.
My father begins a letter to my mother, “My Darling Wife, the days go by, but each one leaves me empty without you…”. He ends it with, “Remember, I’ll be loving you always.” It is a letter from the war years when he was in the South Pacific and my mother was in Dayton, Ohio. Again, out of respect to my parents, I cannot share the contents of these love letters, but let me tell you that they leave you with a sigh and more than a tear or two.
And now to my own true love. My favorite “love letter” is one which I received when we were both in college. It arrived by “air mail” in the form of a paper airplane that sailed across my husband’s dormitory room as he sat at his desk and I sat on his bed. I was studying my anthropology, and he was studying me. He wrote, “I’m madly in love with you and am dying to give you a big giant kiss and hug this very instant but can’t because you are studying and the door is open.” Um…out of respect to my children, I think I’ll keep the rest private…