The Dancing Puritan

Friday, February 15, 2013

Love Letters

Letter writing has fallen on hard times. We don't put pen to paper very often. It might be argued that the price of stamps are too high. They are. It is suggested that we are busy and we need fast paced communication like email, text and the like. We are busy and we do seem to need, in our culture, the rapid fire communication that technology allows. However, there is nothing quite like a letter. It takes time to write a letter and it requires a lot more thought. Letters left behind can significantly impact future generations.

I have a few letters that were written between a young couple while they were courting. This courting couple became my grandparents. Here are a couple of excerpts:

From Crawfordville, GA
March 6, 1922

Dear Pauline,

I received your letter Saturday.  I sure was glad to hear from you...
You are about ready to go to Athens aren't you? I don't know what I will do with myself while you are in Athens for it seems like I have not seen you in a month of Sundays. You have not been off of my mind for one minute, only when I was asleep.  I dreamed one night that you were married.  If that had been true, I know I would have fallen dead in my tracks. I have often wondered why we couldn't have the pleasure of being together like other boys and girls.  I expect that everything that happens is for the best. But I long for the time when we will be together forever...

Yours until death,

Union Point, GA
March 11, 1922

Dear Raymond,
...Yes, I have thought of you every day since I left home...Who did you dream that I married?
Hope to get a letter from you soon for I always like to hear from you.
Your truest friend,

There is a lot more in both letters about friends, weddings, death, courtroom trials, weather and the Baptist Young People's Union.  It is interesting in those letters that my grandfather Raymond was much more open about his feelings and my grandmother was more reserved. He spoke more of his thoughts for her and she gave more details about her day-to-day life.

He signed, Yours until death.  She signed, Your truest friend. There must be an expert somewhere that can interpret their valedictions.

It is fascinating to read through their letters. I have only a few but they are a treasure to me.

Do you write love letters?

Let me give you some homework that might stir up the love that you already have for your spouse.  Write a Song of Solomon letter each day for the next eight days (only insert your name; Song of Andy or Song of Helen). I started today with chapter one. It was a lot of fun and I think that Lori enjoyed the letter. I am not going to share it with you but perhaps one of my grandchildren 91 years from now will find that letter and post it on their blog.