I was listening to the radio and, just in case some of you have been on the moon for the last week or so, guess what; they were talking about love letters, Valentine’s Day etc blah, blah.
The guy then started discussing how Johnny Cash’s love letter to his wife has just been voted the most romantic love letter of all time. Now I dislike these kind of “Top 10” things a lot. It is all so subjective and with this topic, even more so. Having read the letter I think it certainly is beautiful, but also very easy for a lot of people to relate to. However I would question it coming out above Keats for example; but that’s just my opinion.
What DID make me laugh and stare at the radio however was the DJ’s next line. Here goes, almost verbatim,
“Well his( Johnny Cash) letter obviously came from the heart, but if we are sending a person a love letter should we write what is in our hearts?”
I stared for a moment, then thought “Que?”
Was he trying to provoke? Was this more profound than my poor brain cells could cope with?
I listened on. No. He was actually just blowing it out his ass!
Most of us can barely manage a text nowadays. We send e-cards rather than write and post the old card varieties. So, if you sit down with pen and paper to commit your feelings for someone you love to “hard copy”, are you going to expend that energy on some half-hearted, meaningless and trite collection of words? I doubt it.
The words should be a personal reflection of what that someone special means to you and there is only one place that stuff comes from, the heart.