Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day Idea

Are you thinking of giving your significant other something different this Valentine's Day?  Do you want your gift to be something more original and less predictable than chocolates and flowers?  How about a handwritten love letter.  Handwritten?  Who writes anything by hand these days, you may say. If yor're a millennial, the whole concept may seem foreign to you, something from the Age of the Dinosaur.  Hear me out, though.

Your letter doesn't have to be Shakespearean.  It doesn't have to be lengthy.  All you have to do is write down a few words expressing your appreciation for your special Valentine.  Tell him or her how much she or he means to you.  That's all that's necessary.  I can guarantee it won't get lost in cyberspace and it will be a great keepsake.  It will be treasured for years to come.

You may be accused of being cheap if you don't present your love with something of monetary value. If that's a problem, you can also take your Valentine to a restaurant or spend some money on him or her.  However, the words in the letter will be much more valuable in the years to come.

Here are some quotes about love and romance that you may want to include in your love letter.

love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.

- e.e. cummings (1894-1962), American poet
From an untitled sonnet

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.


- Attributed to Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher and writer

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

- Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895- 1986), Indian-born philosopher
Source: Think on these Things

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

- Attributed to Theodor Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss" (1904-1991), American writer

We're all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness - and call it love - true love.

- Robert Fulghum (1937- ), American author
From True Love

But love is like a precious plant.  You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's gonna get on by itself.  You've gotta to keep watering it.  You've  got to really look after it, and keep the flies off and see that it's all right, and nurture it.

John Lennon (1940-1980), British singer and songwriter
ATV Man of the Decade interview, December 2, 1979

- Joanne

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