Want to write some good love letters this Valentine’s Day? Here on Homesteading, we’re getting a little sentimental. This is how you can get back to your roots with thoughtful handwritten love letters for the various loves in your life.
Love Letters For A Thoughtful Valentine’s Day
Love. Few words convey more meaning than that single syllable. The word carries immense power and weight, and is yet tossed into every nook and cranny of our lives so casually we can overlook it.
It’s the stuff of romance, family, religion, and passion. Love can cause wars, or put an end to suffering. It can be between two people or spread across a continent. Love represents all that people hold dear, or it can be printed on a candy heart or woven into the jingle of a car commercial.
This is the time of year when we associate love with the kind of feelings couples have for each other, from dating teens to devoted oldsters. We think of it as a time for hearts and chocolates and roses, for poems and pledges of forever, and for amorous temptations. And nothing pours out a heart full of love like a letter. A love letter.
Nothing pours out a heart full of love like a letter. A love letter.
If you have never written a letter of love, this is the perfect time to give it a try. Write a longhand note to your wife, or scrawl a few words on the back of a napkin for your partner, or use a word processor for a long letter to your boyfriend.
Better still, how about something different? Whether or not you have written those types of love letters in the past, and whether or not you choose to write them this year, consider giving love letters a twist. This year, give some thought to writing a different kind of love letter using words that express more love than any confection or flower ever could.
Write love letters to your family and friends, not just the romantic partner.
Dear Son or Daughter,
I loved you before you took your first breath. I loved you when you were learning to walk, and when you were struggling to behave, and when you were still striving to be healthy. I loved you when you drew close, and when you pulled away. I see the reflection of my love in you, even when you don’t.
I love how you have always been part of my life. I love the way we are grownups together in a whole different way than being kids together, but still have that lifelong connection. I love you for loving me, for stealing my ice cream when we were little, and for covering for me when I made bad choices in my youth. I love you for always getting me and never forgetting me.
I love you for raising the perfect spouse for me. But even more, I love the way you can continue to love and still let go. Being able to step aside and smile while someone else replaces you on center stage is an act of true love and grace indeed.
I love the way you have always been a pillar of my heart. I love you for my strength, for your ability to cry, and for knowing how to laugh. The way you have lifted me up, brushed me off, and carried me over has made me what I am.
Dear Best Friend,
You are beautiful. You might see yourself who is always late, has a chipped tooth, keeps a messy house, or doesn’t make much money. None of those things matter to me. When I was sad or overwhelmed or angry, you were beside me. When I celebrated the good things in life, you rejoiced with me.
Managing, directing, teaching, leading, and taking the heat—you do it all, and I love you for it.
When there was a place in our son’s heart seeking beauty and happiness and devotion, you came along and filled it to overflowing. We love the amazing joy you bring to our lives through him.
Dear Child’s Favorite Teacher (or coach or group leader),
You are the adult when I am not present—the educator, the listener, the mentor, the good example, the applier of Band-Aids, the shoulder to cry on, the strength, the guidance, the idea bouncer-off-er, and the behavior modification expert. I love you for that.
You were my first love. You showed it, you taught it, you spoke it, you shared it, you defined it. I loved you then, and now, and always.
You live a life of love and worship in order that I might share in the bounty of that love.
Dear Neighbor, or Mail Carrier, or Lady at the Coffee Shop, or Relative, or Care Provider, or Co-worker, or Roommate, or Pet Groomer, or Anybody,
My life is better because you are in it. You are special, and you are loved.
Love is everywhere. By bestowing it on others, we stand a better chance of feeling it in our own hearts. Writing a love letter costs only a stamp and a little time. And during this season when love is the word heard around the world, a never-before-written love letter can change everything.
Did this inspire you to write a love letter for your loved ones? Let us know below in the comments!