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Love is

Love is…

A story about the sweetest love letter

When I was a young girl there were these two very sweet “love is” characters that I used to follow in a weekly magazine. I used to love seeing what the next picture would say love is all about. Now 30 years later I do not believe there is only one correct answer, I believe love is many different things for many different people. But every once in a while you come across a sweet sweet love story that is too good not to share...

Lynette is my stepdaughter, she is 37. She has been engaged to Jacques for 3 years. They call each other “Liefie”, they are both people with Down syndrome. A while ago, it was around Valentine’s Day I think, Lynette decided to write Jacques a love letter. I could hear her reciting the words of her love letter as she was ‘writing’ them. “I love you so much” and “You are the only one for me” and “I will always love you” and so it went on, this beautiful declaration of love.

She sealed it with a kiss and put it in her bag, she would ‘deliver’ it the next day when she saw him at work. When I picked her up that afternoon, I was very curious to know what Jacques said about the love letter. I asked if she had given it to him and she said yes, and he was very happy that she ‘wrote’ him a love letter. He hugged her and said “thank you Liefie”. I however wanted the details, because you see, Lynette cannot really write. She can write her name, and she can copy letters, but she cannot write a love letter, or so I thought.

On further questioning she told me with a smile on her face that he opened the letter and after hugging her he handed the letter back to her, asking her to read it to him. He looked at the squiggles and letters and even though they did not make sense to him, he still wanted to hear the intention behind them. He wanted to hear his Liefie’s sweet sweet words, without making her feel bad that she couldn’t write and he couldn’t read the letter.

I was so very wrong, she can write a love letter and he can hear it, and perhaps that is what love is…