Thanks to the Style Network for the wisdom to put Sex and the City on infinite loop for a whole day. Fabulous. Who can’t be calmed by the gently moving background, charmed by the shifting story-telling wallpaper, so to speak, surrounding the room in perfect fashion, delicious looking girlie cocktails, captivating people, and the particulars of the since-the-dawn-of-time endeavor to find a suitable mate? It is somehow comforting to see we are never alone in the quest for enduring love.
Picture Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big (Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth) at the end of the day in bed. Perfect happiness. Well, almost perfect happiness. It could be even a little better with, yes, a love letter.
She is reading a book from the library because she loves the scent of the paper, a fragrance she breathes in and, in a spontaneous moment of generosity, she eagerly shares with Big. Conversation migrates to the subject of love letters and her realization that she has never gotten one from him. He suggests that he must have sent a love-fax, a poor substitute for a love letter but better than nothing for sure. She says no, never. No fax. And, here comes a prime candidate for the big oopsy-daisy award of the year. His argument against the need to write love letters to his sweetheart, with whom he is happily in bed, is that somehow only people who are separated by distance, war and time write love letters, and he has her right there, so no need at all. He smiles and gives her a little kiss. Huh?
No need to put your love to paper? For some reason she accepts this reasoning, although you can tell she is not convinced. Poor guy. He has sold them both short. She gets no letter she can read and re-read until she is old and gray, and he does not get the joy of writing one.
If you tend to think that only people who are separated by distance need to write love letters, think again. Who could be more deserving of a love letter than the person with whom you share a bed? Maybe you would like to try writing one to that person. Perhaps you would like to slip it onto the pillow before night-time so he or she can find it. If you do, it is best to leave the room so the person reading it can be alone with your hand-written, dated and signed declaration of love. It does not matter that you know what it says, love letters are personal, after all, and you don’t want to be intruding on a private moment by your presence.
Mailing it can be even better just because getting a personal letter on that usually dismal pile of mail is such a rare treat today what with emailing and texting neither of which has felt the touch of a lover’s hand.
As for the person you live with, can you imagine how surprised that person will be to get a love letter from you the person right there in the bed? You might be surprised to know how many of these right up close love letters intensify even the most loving lives.
I am hoping that by now Big has written a love letter to Carrie. Or someone has written a love letter to Carrie – or to Sarah Jessica Parker, who I would bet actually appreciates the importance of love letters.
From me to you with love in the air,
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