OPINION: Make Valentine's Day a special one

I WILL say from the start that I haven't got caught up in all the fuss over Valentine's Day.

That said, I know it does present the opportunity for you to tell your true love how you feel about them and any chance should be one you grab with both hands.

Many of us are guilty of rarely telling our partner our true feelings.

Here is a suggestion if you do want to make the day special, but don't want to follow the American example and go out and just spend a fortune on flowers and gifts.

Sit down and write her or him a love letter.

I received a press release yesterday talking about a "love letter" survey that Pilot Pen Australia undertook.

It revealed that of 1000 people they polled 700 of them had written one to a love in their life.

It certainly reveals that in spite of the rise of new technology, a good old-fashioned love letter still has its place in society.

To help you along the way here are some famous lines from just two love letters:

Winston Churchill tells wife Clementine Churchill of his undying love (1935):

You wrote some words very dear to me, about my having enriched your life. I cannot tell you what pleasure this gave me, because I always feel so overwhelmingly in your debt, if there can be accounts in love... What it has been to me to live all these years in your heart and companionship no phrases can convey.

Richard Burton tells Elizabeth Taylor of her beauty (1964):

My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don't realise of course, EB, how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.

Valentine's Day falls on Sunday, February 14, so you have plenty of time to compose your letter, and a small tip; make sure it is handwritten.

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