You can write the perfect love letter
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What's the best way to sweep your lover off his or her feet? Try writing a love letter.
Victoria Napolitano, a police officer in San Jose, Calif., who has set up a business in writing love letters for the romantically impaired, says a well-written love letter can make or break a relationship.
"Love letters are often saved and savored for more years than the actual relationship," she says. "They are an expression of feelings in words that capture innermost desires and hopes ... like nothing else will ever do."
Napolitano says a handwritten love letter is likely to get men the prize of affection. "Don't wimp out. This is no time for yellow stickies. This is not a business memo either," she advises.
"The writers of poems and letters in the 18th and 19th centuries really understood the power of personal letter writing," Napolitano says. "The impact cannot be compared."
Napolitano suggests you take some of the Romantics' lessons and modernize them with technology to make your Valentine's a special experience this year.
A personal, handwritten love letter is probably the easiest and one of the least expensive ways to tell your honey how much you love her or him.
Napolitano offers some advice to those who want to take a crack at it. Here's what she suggests:
The opening and closing have to be carefully matched to the nature of your relationship, the personalities of both people and the state or stage of development of the relationship, Napolitano advises.
"You don't want to be too forward if it's too early," she says, "yet you don't want her to think you want to be friends if you are actually thinking about marrying her."
The closing of the letter should summarize your feelings.
Then put it all together. Place the words on the page and place the picture on the stationery in a tactful and balanced way. There had better be no typos or misspellings.
Scent the package lightly and seal the envelope with the wax. This way the recipient experiences the letter with all the senses.
Napolitano suggests you place it in a special envelope, and deliver it with candies or flowers. Slip it in your loved one's brief- case or lunch box, or ask a waiter to give it to her as she is having lunch.
Whatever you do, just make sure you add a tiny little bit of extra flair and make sure that it gets delivered in time and not too late.
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