Friday, February 1, 2013

{Personal} Living in Letters

When I was home for a bit recently, I rummaged around in my old cupboards and found a whole bunch of  crap sentimental treasures. On top of the list was an old exercise book circa 2006. 2006 was the year that Warren and I first went our separate ways. We started dating in March 2005 and dated for that year, but at the end of 2005 Warr finished University and I still had two more years worth of study. (How very inconsiderate of him).

We decided to part ways. It was mutual. It was tough, but it was also necessary. 2006 - Warr went to Austria to do a (crazy/wild/mad) season on the slopes and I had my third year at Rhodes (crazy/wild/mad). Over the years we have been dating, then not dating, then in contact, then not in contact, then visiting each other, then deciding it was best not to see each-other at all conversations have ranged from "Don't call me, Don't contact me" to "Hey, how are things going?" and "So, what's news with you?". We dated other people. We had phases of being "platonic friends" and then not really friends at all 'for the best'. In this first year of our "separation",  for some reason I decided to keep a record of all our communication. (What was wrong with me?). And just recently I came across the little A5 hardcovered exercise book that has held our love notes and hopes/uncertainty/fears for the future for us and our relationship.

This book contains printed emails, transcribed text messages (hello Nokia 3310), international call cards (no such thing as Skype and Whatsapp), song lyrics (when Snow Patrol governed my life), handwritten letters, letters from Warren, letters to Warren, angry letters, hurt letters, madly gushing love letters and letters that were never sent. All from more than 6 years ago when things were very unsure, very unstable and very uncertain between us.Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Text message sent from Warren on 23 May 2006 at 21:25:33
Seeing the bride and groom dancing together makes me so jealous! I wish it was me and you together forever. I love you
And as of 6 April 2013 at approximately 21:25:33...

It will be.

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And there you have it,
the beginning of the long journey of Che and Warren

Our poor children,
Gonna have such a big pile of shit to wade through.


Julz said...

Love this :) I have tin full of the hand-written and typed letters/cards/tickets/parcel stubs from the three months I went to UK just after meeting my now-husband of 17 years. I think we got to know each other really well through those miles of letters/poems/songs/embarassing outbursts. I dig it out every 3-or-so years and remind him (and me!) that he used to be romantic - haha. x

Keri le Roux said...

Oh you SO knew you were going to marry The Warr -right from the beginning! which is why you kept all these letters! Love this post, so special! And thanks for all my birthday wishes all the way from over the seas :) X

Che Kershaw said...

haha.. well..... it was touch and go for a few years.... but.... eh... maybe deep down <3

Che Kershaw said...

Ah lovely!! Don't ever toss them out! In fact - you should make an epic love-journey scrapbook with them-for your grandchildren's children! Thanks for the comment :)

Shirley Erasmus said...

Aww! =) This post gave me little goosebumps! My boyfriend and I are about to begin our year of long distance (As of tonight- I fly home at 19.00 =/) It makes me feel like everything will be fine and that uncertainty and instability is sometimes what makes a relationship that much stronger =)

Che Kershaw said...

yes agreed! if you can last the distance you can last the years - good luck! x

Gaby F. said...

You're certifiable. But I absolutely love this!

Lauren said...

Damn girl, you gonna have me in tears. I LIVE FOR LETTERS! That is so cute MAN. x

GeeGee said...

ohhhhh thats so lovely, it makes me definitely want to print all the instant message chats I had with fiance when we were friends-interested-in-more stage but lived 8000 miles apart. Need to find some of that old fashioned feed paper for printing - well done on keeping them

Nadine said...

I always enjoy reading all the different kinds of posts you write and the things you create :). I would love to do something similar, but somehow I don't ;)

Anyway, I just wanted to say with that kind of history you could copy the principles of "How I met your mother", maybe you know the series.. at least you might also have a lot of stories like that

Che Kershaw said...

mmmm i'd LOVE our own series! ANOTHER thing for our poor children to have to deal with haha ;) thank you for reading and your lovely comment

Che Kershaw said...

yes do it for SURE!!! scrap book it and make an awesome keepsake! (or anniversary gift) x

Che Kershaw said...

haha lol - me too. hand written letters are the and wait till you see how else we've used letters... more to follow :P

Keri le Roux said...

Oh you nosed it girl ;) lotsa love x

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