I bought a box of lover letters, most of them unread, at a roadside flea market. They’re from the late 1960s. A man, married with kids, is writing to a woman whose affections he’s trying to win. Clearly, they’ve spent time together, but she will not marry him. In some of the letters, there are pictures and greeting cards. In others, just his block text. In my favorite so far, there are about 150 total, he realizes he’s writing a love letter to her and becomes embarrassed.
I am thinking of sending a few of these love letters to friends as a gift but for now am savoring each one. I’ve already Googled to find if either of the people in these letters are living. I haven’t found them to be.
Since the letters are only him writing to her, I’m having to reconstruct her from his image of who she is and what she said.