It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, a time to think about love affairs- real and fictional.
In 1779, Abigail Adams sent a letter , to her husband, in France, where he was there serving as an ambassador for the newly formed United States.
My Dearest Friend Febry. 13. 1779
This is the Anniversary of a very melancholy Day to me, it rose upon me this morning with the recollection of Scenes too tender to Name. — Your own Sensibility will supply your Memory and dictate to your pen a kind remembrance of those dear connections to whom you waved an adieu, whilst the full Heart and weeping Eye followed your foot steps till intervening objects obstructed the Sight.
This Anniversary shall ever be more particularly Devoted to my Friend till the happy Day arrives that shall give him back to me again. Heaven grant that it may not be far distant, and that the blessings which he has so unweariedly and constantly sought after may crown his Labours and bless his country.
From 1788 to 1798, John Adams represented the United States in Europe, with only occasional visits home. Abigail ran the family farm, raised their children, and wrote her husband many informative and interesting letters – Pick up a biography on her and prepare to be charmed!.
A beloved fictional love stories is William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, about young lovers struggling to overcome their families’ hatred of each other in Verona, Italy. Juliet is a member of the Capulet family, and Romeo, is part of the Montague family. This is a BOOK GROUP in A BAG selection! There are so many wonderful movies – curl up on a cold winter’s day and enjoy!
“What light through yonder window breaks?/It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!”
And, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”