As Valentine's Day approaches, we are here to issue you a challenge.
Are you ready?
Write your Valentine a LETTER. On pretty paper. With a nice pen.
We understand that you might just have rolled your eyes. You might be thinking, "But I HATE writing!"
Or: "My handwriting is TERRIBLE! NO ONE wants to get a letter from me, ever, because they won't be able to read it."
Or: "I tell my beloved all the time that I adore them! Out loud! Isn't that enough?"
Or: "How am I supposed to find the words to say what I am feeling in a letter?"
You ask the outstanding questions and make most excellent points . Let's start with those.
First: Lots of people say they hate writing. But this is not a high school essay that is going to be graded by word count! It does not have requirements about font size, or margins! It is an opportunity to do something beautiful for someone you love ... so don't focus on the "ugh, writing" part. Focus on the "Oh, my love will really enjoy receiving this" part.
Second: Don't fret about your writing. Just be as neat as possible. If you're better at printing than you are cursive? Print away. If you find that you write more legibly in marker? Find a color you like and go for it. Pencils work better for you? There's nothing wrong with that!
HOWEVER. It should be handwritten if possible. There's nothing super romantic about a stack of computer printouts. (There are exceptions to this rule -- if you are differently abled and HAVE to use a printer, know that your letters are just as treasured and amazing as a handwritten one.)
And, y'all, we feel like we shouldn't even have to say this but ... it SHOULD NOT be an email. You can send all the romantic emails you want to but for this ONE occasion? Try to write it out. Maybe on some pretty paper or in a nice card. Why? Because emails and texts are immediate and off-the-cuff, whereas a letter indicates thought and time spent. There are a million and twelve reasons why a letter that shows that you've been thinking about your love and considering their awesomeness is much better than an email that says, "Hey, can you pick up some pork chops? Love you! XXOO"
Which brings us to the third point, which is that yes, you should use your voice to tell your love that you love them. That is nice. Do that a lot. But there is also something incredibly beautiful and intimate about seeing those things written down. A letter is lasting. A letter is something your love can take out and read again and again as a reminder that you are delightful. Letters are physical, they are tangible, they can be held onto and possibly even be seen by later generations. We've all heard stories about people who found a box of love letters between their grandparents in the attic ... and how dreamy and lovely it was to read them. (SWOON)
So. You've got some paper, you have decided if you're going to write in print or cursive, and now you just need to know: "How do I begin?"
How about just like that?
"How do I begin to describe how much I love you" is one of the best beginnings to a love letter EVER. You could continue by listing the things you love about them. "I love the way you laugh when you hear a really good joke. I love the little frown you get between your eyebrows when you're concentrating really hard. I love how hard you work to help our children grow into fabulous human beings."
Once you get started? We're pretty sure that you'll find that the letter writes itself. If it DOESN'T, feel free to quote the masters. That's right: go on ahead and google some quotes about love and use them in your letter (only if they speak to you! Don't just quote for filler! This is not homework!)
And finally, don't forget: we're here to help! We've got the cards and stationary (not to mention the pens) to help you to craft a love letter they'll keep tucked away forever.
Do you accept the challenge?