April 11, 2019

Love Note

by Steve J. Burkett (author's profile)
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Love Note

My Dearest Love:

I've known you since the first of forever and I've been in love with you twice that long. When I was a boy of 11 or 12 I painted on the side of my Daddy's barn on Gerber Road 'Steve loves Jeannie'. Maybe I didn't paint it. Maybe it was James or Virgil. They must have looked into my future but it was painted there on the side of the barn facing grandpa's trailer 'Steve loves Jeannie' in caterpillar yellow. If I could do it again today I would use the same caterpillar yellow paint. If I could do it again today I would paint it everywhere from the side of Florin's Studebaker dealership French Motors to Florin's watertower next to the railroad tracks high above all the other structures. I was the first of the boys to climb that tower the year before it came down. I didn't know why I had to climb it then but I do now [heart] 'Steve love Jeannie'. Forever doesn't seem very long when I have you in my heart - the days are never long enough for me to tell you just how much I love you. The nights seem so short when I am laying there with you in my arms. The years fly by while we're together. Forever you have made my life a joy and the love just keeps on coming. I love you even more now than I did in all those yesterdays and I will love you even more with each tomorrow.

I'll love you always
Forever + ever
Your Steve


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tigana Posted 3 months ago. ✓ Mailed 1 month ago   Favorite
Sometimes I wonder if the folks who read and/or transcribe your letters and notes envy what we have? Or wonder how we managed to waste so much? Or maybe both? I know that I lived it with you and even I marvel at the intensity of feeling and how callously and carelessly we treated what we have. It’s true - hindsight is 20/20...
I think back - remember Angels Camp - and the cabin? We were hiding out and still able to enjoy one another - I don’t mean the physical part, though there was that too - but the emotional intimacy - like no other. You were my everything - if you’d just stayed longer....I guess that was the hardest - I’d just get accustomed to it all - then turn around and you’d be gone.....
I love you - forever - no one other than you....Geeze - what’s wrong with me tonight - melancholy. Ahhhh - the wind is blowing (tornado watch much of the day) - this is the kind of weather that makes me want - no, need - the ocean (or you to hold me) but there’s no ocean close here - and even if I went to this ocean it’s not the wild stormy sea crashing against the cliffs - this is flatter - no cliffs that I’ve found...
I love you - always
Your Jeannie

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