Dear Blank Page,
I see you sitting there in your unassuming fashion and immediately I smile. Thank you for inviting me in the way you always do. You have no idea how grateful I am for our friendship and how it was you who saved my life.
When was it when we first met? I cannot remember exactly but know that our love affair began quickly. It came at a time when I didn’t even understand how strong love could be. Long before I knew how deeply you would become a part of my life.
You are never too tired to meet and never once worried what time it was when I reached for you. I admire the way you don’t complain, even when I wake you up at three in the morning. You give me space to spill out the contents of my heart and hold my hand along the way.
Oh the adventures we have gone on. Remember when we traveled across the country? How radiant the Grand Canyon was. How quickly I fell for Ray. How I didn’t want to get back in the car because we were in the home stretch and I wasn’t quite ready to be back.
You hold all of my moments with gentleness and ease. You do not care if I am in my pajamas, my hair is a mess, and my words don’t make sense. You understand that the healing comes from the process and that whatever spills out is what needed to get out.
You soak up each word and never once have you judged me. It is with you that I feel the safest. I know that I can tell you anything. I never have to pretend. I never have to protect how I feel. I do not need to hid behind a curtain of joy when I am feeling down. You see me in my rawest form and you invite me to unfold deeper.
Remember when we were sitting in the coffee shop together and I started to write about my dream of becoming a teacher. Along the way my words began to travel in a completely unexpected direction. Tears welled up in my eyes and you caught each one as it rolled off my cheek. When I first sat down to write I did not know there was an untold story that needed to be told. But you did, and you were there for me as you always are.
What would I do if we had never met? Where would I be? What would my life look like? One thing I know for certain is that I would be a total mess. If I didn’t have you I would lost. When I said that you saved my life I wasn’t kidding. Yes, it was you who saved me. You who helped me navigate the heartache, the pain, the unknown. You who celebrated my successes and pushed me to keep stretching further and further.
Oh the stories you could tell.
What I love most about you is how deeply our trust for one another runs. I know that every word I share with you is between you and I. What a gift that is to me. You are the only one in this world that I have that type of relationship with.
I want you to know that the reason I carry you with me everywhere I go is because knowing you are right beside me encourages me to keep stepping forward. I know I always have you to lean on. And you will be there ready for anything.
I love you deeply. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for always being there for me. They say true love last a lifetime and I know that you and I will be together forever.
Sending you so much love and a giant hug!
About the Author: Jennifer Belthoff
Jennifer is a writer and explorer who believes in the power of the written word. She encourages strangers to exchange handwritten notes with one another in the mail through the Love Notes Postcard Project.
Join her for the next round beginning July 9th. Learn more at www.jenniferbelthoff.com