AARP’s March 2016 Bulletin has an article entitled “20 Ways to Declutter Your Home” by Marni Jameson. I agree with most of the suggestions, but I cannot support one of them in any way.
Tip 2 is about love letters. This is what it says: Keep them if they’re yours. But if they’re your parents’, they’re not really yours. They’re part of a romance between your parents, never meant for you. Burn them ceremonially and send the love back into the universe.
I am speechless. There isn’t even a suggestion to digitally save them before burning them like the author advises about photos and important papers.
I have the letters sent between my grandparents before they married, about 15 of them. Letters that my cousins and I cherish.
These letters give a glimpse of my grandparents’ lives at that time in history, and of their personalities, my grandfather being more stoic and my grandmother being more carefree.
They are a family treasure. They are part of our family’s history.
If you must discard old love letters, at least save them digitally first. Someone in the future will cherish them. Someone will read them and smile. Someone will be thankful you did.
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