The Words They Wrote...
They Share Their Love
and I am still overcome
by a single glance,
a single touch...
Happy Anniversary to my Beautiful Wife.
are powerful. In a relationship, the words you say... or don't
say... set the mood. The words in the anniversary cards couples
give to each other over the years, reveal the secrets of their
love. Children or
grandchildren who inherit these
treasures often find a connection to the love that created and
nurtured them. These anniversary
cards share the important lesson
of the value and beauty of putting your feelings down on paper
even if only once a year.
knows about love and about anniversary cards that express those
special feelings. They capture what you want to say so well
that more than 27 million Hallmark wedding anniversary cards
are given each year. Did you ever stop to wonder what happens
to all those cards? The truth is that there are many more romantics
than you'd believe.
often keep the anniversary cards they give to each other. Tied
with string or ribbon and tucked away, hidden in desk or bureau
drawers, in the corner of the closet or in a shoebox with some
old pictures they wait to be found. When they finally are, the
result becomes a chronicle of their love over time, according
to Sharman Robertson, Hallmark historian and archivist.
the years together increase, couples begin to treasure their
cards, and often children inherit anniversary card collections
that include priceless personal notes from the couple to each
other, giving children and grandchildren insight into the love
that created them, and grew over time," Robertson says.
of the personal [anniversary] card collections that have been
donated to Hallmark are in acquired antique collections that
document the love between a husband and wife. Even if you don't
know the individuals, you can see the kind of love they shared
by reading the cards they selected and especially the
personal notes that they wrote..."
Hallmark may be famous for writers who can express sentiments, but they are certainly not the only sentimentalists. Going through papers with a great-grandson one day, an 87 year woman found early cards from her beau, saved for more than half a century. The teenaged boy sat, reading through the simple words of love sent long before he was born, by a great-grandfather he never met. The teen was introduced to his roots and his future as a man who could share deep emotions - even if only in cards and letters. Those faded cards, and the man who wrote them, are now part of his life as treasured memories.
when it comes time to pick the words for your next anniversary
card, through good times and bad...for better or worse, the
small tokens that express your love are the ones that are embedded
forever in your loved one's heart. Those words will be cherished
more and longer than any gift that accompanies them. They don't
need to be poetry or brilliant masterpieces. If your words simply
say, "You are special to me and I love you," in their
own way, they will be better than anything the best poets at
Hallmark could come up with.