In the day and age of technology, I feel like my husband and my written communication to one another can be whittled down to, “what do you want me to take out for dinner?” or “who’s picking Oliver up from daycare?”. So romantic, right? What happened to a good old fashioned handwritten card?!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m madly in love with my husband! But if I recount the last time we wrote each other romantic words on pen and paper, I think it was when we would write letters to each other when he was posted 5,000 km away from me in Halifax NS and I was stuck in my dorm room on Vancouver Island pining for the love of my life. The anticipation of receiving his letter in return was so all consuming. But that was more than 6 years ago!
So how the heck can we regain that romance?
My husband and I are vowing to write handwritten letters and cards more often. We are going to skip the whole sending it in the mail to each other because the cost of stamps is just stupid. But why not write down how we feel about one another? We know we love each other but we often forget to actually express those feelings. Sometimes it’s hard to articulate just how much you love one another… so why not practice?
Can I tell you a secret? I was going through out filing cabinet and I found a box and wondered what was in it. Inside was hand-written letters and cards, trinkets and mementos from our first dates, ticket stubs and even some sea glass I had given him on our very first date. I cried and cried as I read those letters and relived those moments one by one. Hand-written letters and cards means we can keep those words for ever and ever. We’ve written wonderful words via text and email but do we still have them? Nope. It’s gone into the interwebs and lost forever.
Even though I could just email, text or call him, a hand-written card or letter adds a certain romanticism that only pen to paper can create. You have to stop and think about what you’re writing before you begin writing. On text and email we can really edit and re-write until we capture those feelings perfectly. When we go handwritten, we have to think about things a little more and put care into crafting our thoughts. I mean, if the sentence makes no scene you have to pull out the white-out and that aint romantic!
So my husband and I are vowing to write each other a handwritten letter or card at least once a month, if not more. I will keep you posted on our little experiment. I expect sharing our feelings for one another can only bring us closer. How could it not? I expect we will each feel a boost in our confidence and be re-affirmed that we are loved by each other.
A big thanks to Red Paper Boutique for sending me their entire “Being Parents” greeting card collection which inspired me to take on this challenge with my husband. Their cards are so unique and really nail the whole parenting thing to a tee!
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