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February 26, 2009 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
Could you please give me some advice on writing a love letter? This Tuesday is my husband's birthday, and this year (as in all previous years), I am giving him tools. He is always appreciative of them, and the staid engineer inside of him always sees to their efficient use and excellent care. But this time, that gift just seems an insufficient substitute for what I truly want to express to him.
The problem is that compliments generally make him uncomfortable, so perhaps a love letter is simply a selfish endeavor resulting from the hormones of early pregnancy. What do you think?
Maybe what your engineer dislikes about compliments is their verobosity. Likely he is a man of few words who likes words to count for something. So don't gush. You could write: "I love you more than you know and I am so happy to be having your baby." If he isn't moved by that, then kick him to see if he has reflexes.