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July 22, 2006

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John

Whoa!

Gigi

Hey John - Whoa? You mean you're speechless? :)

Sandra

Wow! I am speechless! Was this what you were wrestling about writing the other day?

Gigi

Hey Sandra - No, that's about something else (the one about strange sounds some people make while having sex :) ) I was thinking of polling my girlfriends (there's fair warning for you), hehe.

These are actual letters I found in my stash of "love letters" -- I had my typewritten reply inside the same envelope as "his" letter so I'm not sure whether or not I'd mailed another version of it to him or if I had decided just to write it for catharsis only without the intention of ever sending it. But,man, both letters took the breath out of me...I actually left out much of the heady stuff.

duke

hi gigi!

I was enthralled reading this post. I felt like I was reading a book similar to Bridges of Madison Country.

Love letters are so powerful memories of the past. They just bring out everything back.

Thanks for sharing this one!

p.s. Like you, I also wrote letters I never sent to my exs ;)

Gigi

Hi Duke - Thanks! At times it seems like I keep these letters not just for myself, but for the guys who wrote them. I know a few who are so hardened and cynical now -- and I think they'd get a kick to remember how mushy they once were. And maybe hella embarrassed too. :) I'm sure there are quite a few letters I wrote still out there that will make me cringe just as much, or maybe even more.

blue shoes

There are people who very rarely write love letters and most times, in their young life, sneaked around and read their sister's stack.

Some might find this crazy. But to some extent, few of them do believe the words they write on a piece of paper are supposed to be exclusive, like only meant for the recipient, and will never allude to another love. Words become diamonds, valuable keepsakes, and an everlasting memento in paper; And other times though sadly, a granite block--dark, hard and real as it gets.

And when these people write, it is as if some part of their spirit is lost and transmogrifies on ink. That may just be what they call a genuine love letter, the one that steals a part of your soul for the benefit of the reader--she must understand.

You are definitely a "true incurable romantic".

I probably am Guilty too.

Ah! but it might just be the rain.

Gigi

Hi Blue Shoes - I never thought of it until now, but I suppose a love letter is like a snapshot of your soul at one particular moment in time.

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