Wednesday, October 3
Letters to Love
Sometimes love has a bumpy path, as noted in these letters to star-crossed lovers King Henry VIII and Napoleon:
King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (yanno, before he ordered her execution): “I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.”
Napoleon to Josephine (after he divorced her because she couldn't have children): My happiness is to be near you. Incessantly I live over in my memory your caresses, your tears, your affectionate solicitude. The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart. When, free from all solicitude, all harassing care, shall I be able to pass all my time with you, having only to love you, and to think only of the happiness of so saying, and of proving it to you?”
And then there are those loves that continue to burn hot, long after first love has faded. I like to think this happens not because of luck or fate but because the couple work at loving one another. Through the good, the bad and the amazing. I actually have a book of love letters that Ronald Reagan wrote to Nancy Reagan over their long love story...some will make you laugh and some cry, but this one, I think, speaks to the heart of their love story:
Ronald Reagan to Nancy (via St. Valentine): Dear St. Valentine, My request of you is—could you on this day whisper in her ear that someone loves her very much and more and more each day? Also tell her, this “Someone” would run down like a dollar clock without her so she must always stay where she is.”
So, readers, do you love love letters? Have you ever gotten a love letter that swept you off your feet?