They parted ways after four years of being together. It had been the most enriching relationship—because it was all about pen and paper, in the letters they diligently wrote to each other every week.
After all these years, she still remembered the magic he weaved with his words. She recalled the book titles he introduced her to in his list of ‘10 books to read every week’- To kill a mockingbird, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The moon and sixpence and many, many more. She would write back with her list—between them, they read quite a diverse range of books. He read his Robert Frost while she read her Jane Austen. Their billet-doux was nothing short of songs of innocence and experience. He, with his experience and gift of words, nurtured her innocence.
But her family objected when they found out about their long-distance relationship as he had nothing going for him—neither his looks nor a job, not even his family background. For her, though, he had all the qualities she ever wanted in her partner—a way with words and a loving heart. But, innocent as she was, at the tender age of 19, she gave in to her mother’s emotional plea to let go of the relationship. Leaving their conversations dangling, they went their separate ways.
Until that year, when she revisited those letters and had a sudden urge to reconnect with him.