The Man and I have been together for almost three years. He lives 900 miles away. I would not recommend long distance relationships to the faint of heart, but we are still going strong, primarily because he never tires of showing how much he loves me. I am a lucky woman.
In the beginning, we emailed each other a lot. In fact, we didn’t talk every day on the phone, and would exchange emails as an alternative. Some were full of mundane, everyday minutiae. Others were the mortar to our love story, and I can still remember key phrases word for word.
Then two things happened, and I’m not sure which occurred first:
- I stumbled onto Diane Aldred’s website describing how to bind your own book
- I realized that generations that have come before have saved the love letters they have exchanged, often in a big stack tied with ribbon. Our generations’ love letters are much less likely to be saved and savored, and may end up lost in the ether.
I couldn’t let that happen to ours. They meant too much to me, and were actually a pretty good read.
The process took months (copying and pasting every email into a word document, formatting the document, making sure each page was printed in the correct order, so that you would read them chronologically), and I spent many hours on it. The book binding was the easiest part, by far, thanks to Diane’s fantastic tutorial.
In the end, I feel like I saved something precious to us. The Man said it was quite possibly the best gift he had ever received (awww, shucks!), and I love to pick it up every once in awhile and remember that first flush of the greatest love of my life.