Henry wasn’t much of a communicator. He expressed his love by doing things. It would take him two months to work up to ‘I love you’ but he would clean a woman’s gutters after a second date.
But when he fell in love with Sarah, he felt like he needed to really express himself. On several occasions, he tried to put things into words, but his verbalization’s weren’t working.
So, despite the fact that he wasn’t all that comfortable writing, he took a stab at a love note. He gave himself plenty of time and worked on it for over a week. When he finally had the words just right, he copied them onto nice paper, rolled up the note and stuck it in a bottle.
When Sarah received the love note she felt that it was the greatest gift anyone had ever given her. Because it was out of character, because it was hard for him, she valued it always. You don’t have to be J.K. Rowling to write a love note. But if you do, it will be more valuable to your partner than Harry Potter was to Ms. Rowling.
Should you write a love note?
In these days of email and instant messaging, writing a love note by hand is one of the most romantic things you can do. Write a short note about ‘what I like about you.’ Write a poem (it doesn’t have to rhyme). Or, pour your heart out over several pages. These notes will be saved and cherished for a long time.
If you have any artistic sense, adding a drawing or sketch is a nice touch. But, the point here isn’t so much about writing skill or artistry as sincerity. Write a sweet sentiment from your heart. Write something gentle and touching. And, try not to make it sexually graphic. This is about romance not sex.
It’s a good idea to buy a nice sheet of paper to write the note on. It makes it clear that you are making an effort. Don’t type your note. If your handwriting is lousy, it’s okay to print. Write in ink – pencil fades and he or she will want to keep this love note for a long time.
You may want to consider writing the letter out first and then transferring it to your nice paper. Try not to misspell too much and make sure your note is legible. You’re not looking to score points with an English teacher, but you also don’t want the mechanics to get in the way of the message.
Finally, make sure that your love note doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Consider leaving it on his or her pillow or someplace else where no one else will look. Remember also that X-rated notes may come back to haunt you – make it a love not a smut note. Don’t send a romantic note to their work place because a colleague is apt to discover it.