Tragically, writing love letters seems to be a thing of the past. It seems like handwritten script on parchment, that reads more like poetry than actual conversation, certainly seems out of place in our world of texting and tweeting. But in honor of Valentine’s Day, and all things romantic, I wanted to share my modern take on love letters.
For those of you who don’t know our story, I’ll give a quick recap. Matt and I met while working for Apple in one of their retail stores. I was a part-time sales associate and he was my manager. I actually don’t remember much of Matt while he was a manager, and our romantic involvement didn’t occur until more than a year later after he moved into a different position and was no longer my supervisor. See! It was completely on the up-and-up 😉
When the stars did finally align, and our friendship moved into that warm-fuzzy/terrifying place between friends and something more, we started sending each other these little electronic post-cards called, iCards.
The first ever iCard I got from Matt was after our accidental first date at Chili’s. The card was short, to the point, and completely thoughtful. (ED: According to Matt, he spent more than 30 minutes laboring over what to say in this iCard. Adorable!)
After that, iCards became our vehicle of choice for sending little love notes throughout the day. It didn’t matter if we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner together, we still found a reason to send an iCard. This continued through dating, engagement, and the first year of our marriage. By the time the iCards service was discontinued, we had amassed a really fun way of looking back at our relationship. Tiny little jpgs, frozen in time, revealing what we were doing, thinking, eating, even fighting about!
It took several years to tackle the task of compiling a printed record of our Love Letters, but I am so completely thrilled that I stuck with it and printed this book. Thank you Blurb for providing a wonderful and affordable service, so that electronic pieces of my life can become tangible, touchable pieces of our family history.
What about you? Do you have a shoebox full of love letters in your attic? Or are they stuffed in an old inbox somewhere? Do you think writing love letters has fallen out of style, or is still alive and well, just wrapped in a new medium? I’d love to hear your thoughts!