2.28.2011

Love Letter

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Like we have discussed, Kevin is applying for medical school and I am helping him with his personal statement. As fun as it has been, the best part was sneaking in a paragraph about me.

It kind of felt like I was writing a love letter to myself from Kevin's perspective. What I wish he would write to me. Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to marry someone who was just like me. Scribbling poems everywhere they go, crying when they see a Degas print at Hobby Lobby and watching Wicker Park for the hundredth time just to see the end scene where The Scientist comes on and Diane Kruger sits on the floor in the airport and Josh Hartnett hugs her from behind. As fun as it is to fantasize about, as a couple we would be an over-emotional wreck.

Instead of showing his love for me in poetry, Kevin surprises me with a bag of chocolate covered cinnamon bears and the promise of watching Modern Family if I let him study for an hour. He listens intently when I weepily read him a paragraph (or page) from my latest book, and lets me buy Greek Yogurt from the grocery store even though he thinks it is a waste of money.

And he smiles when he reads this paragraph from his personal statement:

"Although being a campus EMT was a volunteer position I used my training one summer and worked as a Health Counselor for a camp in New Hampshire. I mainly helped campers with diabetes regulate their blood sugar and treated those with heat stroke. It was there that I met my wife though, who has taught me that courage comes in many forms. She was perfect. She radiated beauty and life and health. She was out of my league. Fortunately she had a plethora of ill campers in her group, and we connected over fevers and diarrhea. Evenings when we had free time, we would lie under a giant oak tree on a hill and watch people pass us on the street. She told me she was afraid of falling in love, but I gathered the strength of the universe and told her I loved her anyway. We were married a year later, and I still tell her that marrying me was the bravest thing she ever did. She agrees."

Nothing wrong with writing about your husband calling you perfect and radiant and beautiful. Nothing wrong with that at all.

photo by Kristin Brown

18 comments:

Ana* said...

Haha I think you're a great write, I am sure the admission staff will enjoy reading his personal statement.

Brissa said...

I love the picture and your writing. It's like I'm reading a fairy tale every time you talk about your love.

Half Dressed said...

You do write some awesome stuff. I hope your boy gets into med school :) Gorgeous picture too btw

L x

kate said...

you are so........ great mandy! just great. i love this post.

Priscila ° said...

Haha this is great!
By the way, I seriously gasped when I read the scene you mentioned from Wicker Park. That movie has been my guilty pleasure for yearssss because no one I know has watched it! And that scene is the reason I still have a major celeb crush on Josh Hartnett. But hey. Nice post. :)

Tara : Damon said...

warning: blog stalker comment...

love this one, it reminds me of when my husband and i were falling n love (we've been married a little over a year) and he was applying to med school- we were still a couple months from engagement, but he kept mentioning his wife in his personal statements- and i knew he was talking about me ;) i still go back and read them sometimes... good luck with the upcoming interviewing process! if you have any questions about that or first year or anything like that, email me!

Heather said...

Mands, watch out the med schools are going to think his personal statement is too good to be true!! haha, but really I love that paragraph. Good job. And also, I still remember watching wicker park with your and lizbeth frequently. I wasn't sure how I felt about that movie until they used Scientist as the song for the climax. Still probably my most favorite cold play song.
Miss you.

Christa said...

haha oh mandy this is epic! I loved the line that you guys connected over fevers and diarrhea. gross. but I'm glad your campers were sick so you could bond with Kevin. :)

Chelsea said...

that picture is so so cute!

Mallory Camille said...

What a fun thing to do on behalf of your husband...love it and that picture is dreamy!

Jessica said...

Hahahahaha, I can't believe that you wrote this all about yourself! They're never gonna believe that he wrote that :)

But, it's so cute.

Kylie said...

I know how you feel, sometimes wishing your husband was interested in the same type of literature or even books in general. But I guess that's what makes each relationship special: the uniqueness the two people bring :)

Cory and Lyndsey said...

LOVE THIS :)

kylee said...

i second what brissa said. seriously. photo is gorgeous and your writing stuns me every single time.

katrina said...

i love it. and that picture is incredible.

Leah said...

So sweet! Love the picture!

Julie Carol Standley said...

oo i love that picture of you and kevin!! so rad!

M. said...

hey, I'm a new reader!

i love your writing and your blog!

xoxo