Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Dear Jon Letters

Writing is a dead art. No one still writes hand written letters anymore. With e-mail as such a great tool and not to mention all the social media on the rise we have shunned it back to the dark ages. Before September of last year I would have completely agreed with this method of thinking. Why wait to get something to someone when they can have it now? Then the government thought they knew better. Now I know there are probably many reasons why we can only write letters to our loved ones at Marine Corps boot camp, but I can't help but wonder if they took this moment to capitalize on this dwindling section of the government. What better way to welcome someone back to the fold right? Maybe not for everyone, but they got me. Hook, line and sinker. I now have a new found love for written mail. Writing to Jon was freeing when the chains of separation seemed to choke out any semblance of a normal marriage. I now realize that a "normal" marriage doesn't exist for me anymore but that was a pill I had to swallow. When I sit down to write a letter to Jon I make sure it has three things. The first is that it's positive. He wants to hear about the interesting things in my life not about dryer lint! If all you had was what you read you would want it to be positive and exciting too! Secondly, I always say I love you more than marshmallows. I know it seems silly and I am not suggesting you go write that, but it symbolizes something special for our family only. Whatever you have that's special and specific make it a constant. Lastly, it is always scented. Come on he is a guy! I started spraying my letters with my perfume towards the middle of boot camp with Jon and it wasn't long before I got a letter asking for more. They want to connect with you just as much as you want to with them. So that's it, my recipe for some awesome love letters. I can't wait to see Jon but if we must be apart at least I can still feel close to him through a stroke of a pen, a spritz of perfume and a good old fashioned stamp. My Dear Jon letters are just that my dearest emotions for my sweetest Jon.


  1. I LOVED writing Mike letters in boot camp!!! Have to admit, now that he is graduated I miss it! Don't get me wrong, I love talking on the phone with him every night but there is just something about receiving a handwritten letter from your hubby that melts your heart! :)

  2. You sound like such an encouraging wife, Kristina! And letters are just wonderful! And they are memories that you can hold onto...literally and cherish and read over and over! If God grants my desire someday, I will def. be keeping this post for writing letters in mind ;o)