“My thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved. I can live only wholly with you or not at all. Be calm my life, my all. Only by calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together. Oh continue to love me; never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. ever thine, ever mine, ever ours.” ~ Beethoven
Every once in a while, the hopeless romantic in me sprouts up, and I get these thoughts of romantic gestures that would surely sweep me up in a balloon of ecstasy if they were to come from my future beloved. Such was the case when I remembered recently how much I loved the notion of writing little love letters to your partner when I saw it in the original Sex and the City movie (the good one).
We all remember the scene, right? (Well, if you saw the movie, of course.) Carrie and Big are laying in bed together, and she’s reading a book entitled “Love Letters of Great Men: Volume 1.” She goes on to explain to him that it’s research for her new book, one that will be about what to do once you’ve found love, since her last one was all about finding love. And then comes the moment when she begins to read some of the letters. First there’s one from Napoleon, which Big jokingly dismisses as being due to his height. Then she reads an excerpt from Beethoven. And as the music begins to swell, you can just tell this is supposed to be a pivotal moment in their storyline. “Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours,” she reads, pausing slightly after every two words. Spoiler alert, the moment absolutely becomes very important for them.
But before it does, still in that moment, Carrie turns to Big and asks him if he’s ever written her a love letter. I’m sure she knows the answer, because I mean, who writes love letters these days, right? But her question made me think about just how lovely it would be to get something like that from someone I’m in love with. Not someone I’m just dating — because that’s simply too much for that situation — but someone I’m hopelessly, madly, irresistibly, passionately, undeniably in love with? Yea, I’d absolutely swoon to find a note from him while getting dressed one day. Or to go through my mail and while sifting through bills and coupons, come upon a surprise handwritten letter from him. Or to find it in my email like Carrie does.
I’m guessing part of the allure for me would be that it does seem like such an old school way to profess your love for someone. It has vintage power in it. And it’s also very intentional. It could be the writer in me (it probably is), but I always feel like putting pen to paper or taking the time to type something out elicits a certain amount of purposefulness behind your action. Sure, I can tell you I love you, but if I write a love letter…. then you really #knowitsreal. No?
Anyway, that’s my hypothetical hopelessly romantic gesture that I’d love to have happen one day. Do you all have any?? And is this basically the old school equivalent of the Aaliyah Four Page Letter? Because I don’t want that; I want Voltaire type stuff lol.