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Are love letters extinct?

Do you remember the last time you received a love letter or poem? No? Me either! I recall when my boyfriend poured his heart out in a love letter and wrote poems about me…on paper. He didn’t tweet me, he didn’t send it on Facebook, and he definitely didn’t put it in a text.

How much romance can you inject into 140 characters, using emoticons, or those oh so annoying abbreviations ? The worst part is that a lot of people probably wouldn’t even know how to write a love letter these days, it’s like a lost art!

AJC’s Jill Vejnoska writes about the decline of the love letter in the digital age that will also appear in this week’s Sunday Paper.

My friends, if you do nothing else on Valentine’s day, you should suspend your normal “electronic” wooing habits and write a love letter. Seriously. It could be a throwback move that invokes feelings of nostalgia. You are pretty much guaranteed bonus points for making the effort.

It takes courage to put your emotions in a “four-paged letter” (remember that Aaliyah song?!) and that is why it is so endearing and heartwarming. Ah, the things we do for love, right? Are we too chicken to be that courageous again?

Have you ever put pen to paper in an effort to express your love for someone? Have you ever received a love letter?

Happy Friday!

By Wise Diva, Misadventures in Atlanta Dating Blog

Have love letters gone out of style?

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Raqi V

February 11th, 2011
10:51 am

Slim, that sounds nice but I am only allowed to be up and in the shower for 3 minutes so hiding mystery objects around the house is out. LOL I will have to keep that idea for a later date. But thanks anyway.

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
10:53 am

Imma write Boo a love note too, Raqi! Cause even though I am able to get around fine, I am broke!LOL!!

DreamsMaterialize "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
10:53 am

I have a lot to say so I hope it doesn’t get too long that it bores him.
Raqi maybe you can write it in parts, and give him one part each day until the big V Day. That way it can still be long, including all that you want to say, but he can digest it a day at a time. ;-)

Leggs - "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
10:54 am

:lol: Raqi V, you will have to stop yourself. He doesn’t want to read a dissertation on your love for him.

Dang, I asked you guys a question and I just noticed the Blog Monster ate it!

Let me rephrase: I find myself becoming more and more ambivalent toward e-cards. The person sending them to me cares for me, but these e-cards, although creative, aren’t stirring me in the least. Do you find there’s a huge difference in e-cards as opposed to receiving a card in the mail??

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
10:55 am

Dreams – I think I speak for all the blog ladies when I say we appreciate you too!

You are real with it and always a gentleman!

DreamsMaterialize "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
10:55 am

I like to actually make the card.

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
10:56 am

I am making a basket for the SO…

Raqi – Ok, you can put that idea on ice for now. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to you in the name of love right now. lol

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
10:56 am

Leggs – I don’t feel the ecards much myself. LOVE to get cards in the mail though!

DreamsMaterialize "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
10:57 am

You are real with it and always a gentleman!
kimmie If men still wore hats, I’d tip mine to you. ;-)

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
10:58 am

LMAO. Mom to teen daughter… “how can you be pregnant when we’re always together?” lol

Mrs. Tazzee

February 11th, 2011
10:59 am

Good morning folks!

I’m like Raqi – this gave me a great idea for a Valentine gift. My husband wrote me a lovely letter a few months ago, accompanied with flowers – just because. He hates writing, so I know that was a wonderful act of love. I’m big on cards, but I’m going to write a letter this year.

He doesn’t know, but I took Monday off and I’ve got a few surprises for him that morning ;-)

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Dreams – Inmates like to make their own cards too as well as decorate the envelopes ;-)

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:03 am

Raqi V

February 11th, 2011
11:04 am

I am broke

LOL Girl you don’t know “broke” until you have taken a peep in my wallet.

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
11:04 am

how can you be pregnant when we’re always together?”

Amred – That reminds me of this convo I had yesterday with a friend. She said where she works there were some panties found in a conference room!(Yuck!) She concluded that some couple was probably messing around. I said I bet one or both was married. Their spouse at home would probably never think they were being unfaithful because “all they do is go to work and come home”!

Raqi V

February 11th, 2011
11:04 am

DreamsMat, thank you. That’s useful advice from a man’s POV.

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
11:07 am

kimmie & Raqi – add me to the, Wear-da-heyal-did-my-$$-go list. When you’re slack in the pockets, that’s a sure fire way to learn to become more creative lol

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:09 am

kimmie – *smh!* That’s just nasty and dangerous!

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
11:13 am

Amred – It blows my mind sometimes how stupid some so-called grown folk can be! smh too!

Slim – Yeah, I gotta get REAL creative! QT & Costco(gas) are eating up my money these days!

PrincessNik

February 11th, 2011
11:18 am

some panties found in a conference room!(Yuck!)

:shock:

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
11:19 am

I drove past the gas station this morn and regular is OVER $3…i drive 100miles a day and that just ain’t where it’s at :shock:

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:20 am

I mean, risking yo job for some ass?

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:21 am

Slim, at least it ain’t $3.85…

Right Leggs… ? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Raqi V

February 11th, 2011
11:21 am

Leggs, I don’t really care for receiving e-cards, although I have sent a few.

I really don’t have much time to do it these days but I like to keep my cards and letters so I can read back over them. Sometimes things happen that make me pull them out and read all of them or just ones from certain people. Haven’t done that in a while.

DreamsMaterialize "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
11:22 am

Dreams – Inmates like to make their own cards too as well as decorate the envelopes
slim huh? how do you even know something like that? lol

Leggs - "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
11:24 am

@ARed ~ people do it everyday in the Corporate America. Two people were fired where I work for having sex in their car in the parking deck. All caught on security cameras…guess that got screwed a scond time.

PrincessNik

February 11th, 2011
11:24 am

at least it ain’t $3.85

Amazon ssssshhhhhh we don’t wan’t it to get back that high LOL

Thank goodness I drive a camry!

Raqi V

February 11th, 2011
11:24 am

kimmie, but to walk around work without your panties right after having done the do? Just eww.

Raqi V

February 11th, 2011
11:25 am

HEY MRS. TAZZEE!!!! Good to you read you.

You receiving flowers with your card just gave the thought to order him and Edible Arrangement. I hope it’s not to late to do so to get it on Monday.

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
11:26 am

‘Slim, at least it ain’t $3.85…’

Ared – Oh believe me, I know all about that…back when we went through that gas mania where it was dayum near $5 a gal….car I was driving then took PREMIUM only. Had me contemplating putting regular in my car & throwing a peppermint in the tank too, just to give it a little extra kick lol

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
11:26 am

Dreams – Um, there was that one time in band camp… :oops:

PrincessNik

February 11th, 2011
11:26 am

Raqi

maybe she had some extra’s and some feminine wipes in her gym bag

:lol: :lol: :lol:

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:27 am

Nik/Slim – It was an inside joke for Leggs. She fell for some hoax that gas was suddenly gonna jump to $3.85 at 9 pm a day or so ago. :lol:

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
11:27 am

Raqi – Edible Arrangement…Mmmm mmmm good. My mom and sis ordered me one last Friday. It was DELICIOUS!!!!

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:28 am

kimmie, but to walk around work without your panties right after having done the do? Just eww.

Right… I mean come on!

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:29 am

But hey that happened on Grey’s Anatomy tho between Derek and Meredith… :lol:

Lady

February 11th, 2011
11:30 am

Hello Crew!

R Kelly song and Album Love Letter is great! The lyrics somewhat takes me back to simpler times of communicating……..

Happy Firday!

Leggs - "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
11:30 am

Leggs - "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
11:30 am

SlimDizzyDoodle

February 11th, 2011
11:31 am

Re: leaving your panties at work

Maybe someone was coming and they had to jump up real quick to make sure they didn’t get caught…in their haste, she didn’t have time to grab the undies ????

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
11:32 am

Yeah, that’s pretty stank! Literally!!!

Leggs – Two nuts at another job I had years ago got caught in the parking deck by the security cameras and were fired as well.

Stupid!

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
11:33 am

Amred/Leggs/Raqi – Did you all see Greys/PP last night?

PrincessNik

February 11th, 2011
11:34 am

How do you explain to your SO that you no longer have a job because you got caught doing the do in the parking deck or any other work site…………..

*smdh*

Leggs - "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
11:37 am

@ARed ~ yes indeed. :lol: I apologize to all I text about the gas price hike. Believed it to come from a re pu table source, the manager behind the counter at QT. I would have felt bad knowing that info and not alerting anyone. Perhaps it was a ploy to get us to panic and buy gas that night. Oh well, I’ve learned. If it ain’t on the news, I ain’t reporting it either.

Leggs - "Free Me-Lo"

February 11th, 2011
11:38 am

Dang, I had to split up that word to get it to post!

kimmie

February 11th, 2011
11:38 am

How do you explain to your SO

Princess – You don’t.

I don’t know how I’d handle that, really. But that’s what you get for messing around and being stupid with it. Like that stupid married congressman with that “Eddie Long” pose on Craigslist!LOL!!

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:40 am

Amred/Leggs/Raqi – Did you all see Greys/PP last night?

I’m two weeks behind! *covering eyes in case you’re gonna discuss*

Raqi V

February 11th, 2011
11:41 am

PrincessNik,

TMI!!!!!!!! You have been warned!!!

Maybe it’s just that my man has plentiful potent baby batter and/or my fluids flood but the two mixed together there is usually backwash after a good deposit. You know that trickle down that you have to get washcloth for. LOL And I have seen the plentifulness of his man juice when not deposited into me. I ain’t just keep getting pregnant on a fluke. Some gone run out.

She may have done an immediate wipe but I can only imagine over the course of the day there a little seepage that her panties would have properly caught and absorbed. Had she been wearing some. LOL

That’s enough TMI for the entire 2011 year.

AmazonRed™

February 11th, 2011
11:42 am

Leggs – It’s all good. I always know you have good intentions… I doubt many people bought it anyway… except Page… :lol:

Mrs. Tazzee

February 11th, 2011
11:43 am

Leggs – so that was you that sent that text… :lol: I have to program your name in my phone.