Men — it’s doubtful you can top Bill Bresnan, 74, in the romance department, but maybe there’s a way you can take a lesson from him.
This man writes love letters to his wife Kirsten, every day, and he’s been doing it since the two met in 1974.
“All the letters are signed, ‘I love you, my darling’ with an infinity sign,” Bresnan told ABC News. “They’re essentially a love diary. For example, I could pick out a day in 1982, and it’ll begin with the restaurant we ate in or a movie we saw and then a reaction to that.”
There are more than 10,000 love letters, which Kirsten has stored in 25 boxes in their attic. The two have been through a lot together, including when they were both diagnosed with cancer within the space of a few years, but he still took the time to write to her every day. And while any relationship goes through its ups and downs, Bill sees his daily ritual as a way of keeping him focused on what matters.
“The key to any relationship is that you both have to work at it every day,” Bresnan said. “And never go to bed mad. Talk about everything. Everything should get resolved before your goodnight kiss.”
And what will the two be doing this Valentine’s Day?
“We’ll probably have a nice dinner, a special bottle of wine and a piece of chocolate,” Bresnan said. “We’re past the craving for jewelry and expensive nonsense. We just enjoy simply being together.”
While it may be too late for most of us to write our special someone a love letter every day, it’s never too late to actually put pen to paper and send a sweet note — both this weekend and as the occasional surprise. You never know what magic that simple gesture may create in your relationship.