Love Letter

Feb 7, 2010 006

Dear Streets of Salem,

I love you. With all of my heart. The reasons are more than the years I’ve known you. I think you are misunderstood, and hold so much more than the wax museums and witch trials.

Your streets hold my love story. My history with a certain man. Your streets cradle countless beginnings in my life.

Your streets coddled us on a first date, six years ago today. Hands were nervously held for the first time. Silent smiles spread across two faces while passing your town common. Doors were held, smalls of a back touched gently, and feet stepped in unison.

Love was found on lazy Sunday morning strolls down Winter Street.

Our first apartment, together, was on one of your lesser known streets. A painted wooden porch overlooked your crumbling road, where the questionable folks in town lived, but to us it was perfect. Cheap, full of character, and perfect.

Our relationship was founded on your streets. Risks were taken. And on one November evening, my loves hand reached into his coat pocket and held out a small black, velvet covered jewelry box. On your streets he asked “should we make this official?”

On your streets I said yes.

And the rest is history.

Streets of Salem, you will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you.

Love,

Corinne

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  1. Goosebumps … your words always make me feel so much. I feel the same way about the streets of Gizera in Cairo … and I just wish I could walk them again and let the memories wash over my body of when I first really, honestly fell in love with the man whose hand I still hold.
    Happy dating anniversary. 🙂

  2. Corinne, how did you know I was missing Boston all day? 🙂 What a lovely tribute for the anniversary of your first date. Lucky Lucas.

  3. Always a delight to read your words here. This is just lovely, Corrine. Happy dating anniversary!!

  4. It’s so wonderful to have a place that holds such a special space in your heart. A place you’ll always come home to. A place you’ll always treasure. I have that with NYC although I don’t think I could ever LIVE there again.

    Beautiful letter. Salem is lucky to be on the receiving end of it!

  5. Natika

    That was very sweet!
    Beats my husbands and I by a long shot!

  6. your love letter is beautiful… lovely. how nice to reminisce!

  7. Ashlee

    That is a great story. I loved reading it.

  8. Salem … now I know it for a different kind of magic. What a love story.

  9. What I love about this, Corinne, is that even though you addressed Salem, you wrote about the love affair that turned into a marriage, and then a family. It proves that there is so much romance in the little details of our lives: how we met a spouse, when we made these promises to enter a new kind of life together, and what the sounds and smells and tastes of our history whisper to us through memory.

    Thank you for this, and for weaving the tale of your marriage into a story about the sweet streets of Salem.

    xoxo
    Sarah

  10. What a beautiful letter. I loved seeing your city through your words. And such loving words to hold onto for the day when your own kids grow up and wonder what it was like when mom and dad came together. So sweet.

  11. I’ve never been to Boston, but I really want to visit – now more than ever. : ) Happy dating day!

  12. Oh Corinne! Isn’t love grand? Happy date anniversary!

  13. Nicki

    Corinne! This letter to Salem says so much about you and your life. It is beautiful!

  14. Is this a movie or something? 🙂 Sounds like it could be up on the big screen. Love(ly)!

  15. I loved this–the entertwining of Salem streets and the progression of your life with your man. It made me smile. Loved it.

  16. This is beautiful! What a wonderful idea to write a letter to a place. (Found you via Momalom.)

  17. This is so lovely and sweet, a love letter to a person, place and thing. Full of character, just like your first home together.

  18. Liz

    What a pretty, romantic post!

  19. Warm and fuzzy.
    Isn’t love the best.

  20. That was beautiful! It gave me goosebumps. 🙂

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  22. I love the angle you took with this. If I modeled mine after yours (and I hope you don’t mind if I do), I could write a letter of thanks to the country of Belgium, for taking care of my husband while he grew up. Thanks for the inspiration–I’ll credit you!

  23. Corinne — love this! I love Salem, too — went there on a junior high field trip (I used to live in MA!).

  24. Ah, sweetness. (Love the way you framed it.)

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  27. Ann

    Visited Salem this morning by way of Ann Kroeker’s recommendation. I loved revisiting the first dates part of our relationship too. Ann did a beautiful job of thanking Belgium for nurturing her dear husband, too.
    Very lovely writing. thanks…

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