Not a Dear John Letter
Dear blog - I've been inspired by watching Dear John. I've seen it before, but I'm the kind of girl who loves to watch movies over and over and over again, and this is just one of the many movies I love. I have read the book too, of course, and for starters, I just want to point out how the stories are two very different stories. I wonder how Nicholas Sparks feels about that...
I'm home alone, and have been for a few hours now. My grandparents drove me home after we'd been out to dinner, helped me take care of all my mom's plants, and then they left. Boyfriend came here around 5.30, and left after about four hours - he was coming from his parents' home and had to go to the airbase to pack and do laundry and whatnot. They're going on a mission to remove old mines or something this week. I've got his hoodie for safekeeping - an extra bonus is that it smells like him! *_*
So yeah, I've been watching Dear John, and have been sitting with tears in my eyes from the moment John was at the hospital where his father died to the very end. And I wanted to share Savannah's very last letter to him with you:
It's been almost five years since I wrote a letter with an actual pen on an actual sheet of paper. But I thought maybe I could write you now and tell you all that's happened since I saw you last.
A few weeks after you showed up here, Tim received an anonymous donation. A donation that was enough to give him what the insurance companies wouldn't: Time. Time to finally come home. Time to spend with his son. Time to say goodbye.
The problem with time, I've learned, whether it's those first two weeks I got to spend with you, or those final two months I got to spend with him, eventually time always runs out.
I have no idea where you are out there in the world, John, but I understand I lost the right to know these things long ago. No matter how many years go by, I know one thing to be as true as it ever was:
I'll see you soon, then.
Then I feel the need to explain the title of this entry... According to Wikipedia, a Dear John letter is a letter written to a husband or boyfriend by his wife or girlfriend to inform that the relationship is over, usually because she found another man (reversed, to the girl by the boy, it's called a Dear Jane letter). The origin of this is unknown, but a possible explanation we find in the situation of World War Two in the 1940s. A popular American, and also British, male name was John, and soldiers were stationed on the continental Europe for months or years at a time. Letters usually began in an affectionate language, such as "Dear Johnny", "My Dearest", or simply "Darling". A serviceman receiving a letter starting with "Dear John" would then instantly be aware of the purpose of the letter.
If you haven't then seen this movie already, you might now be able to predict the course of the story, merely based on its title. And if you have seen the movie, I recommend you read the book - and if you have, what do you think of the two stories? Which do you like better?
Personally, I will not be writing a Dear John letter anytime soon - and hopefully not later, either. I am happily in love with my boyfriend, and already excited about seeing him next Saturday when I get off work. They've been told the mine field or whatever it's called where they'll be this week is not dangerous, but if you all would please cross fingers that nothing happens to him or any of his fellow soldiers, I will feel more at ease.
I'll see you soon, then. ♥ The Norwegian Teenager