Listening to Political Gabfest Podcast he started reading this letter by Amelia Earhart. I could not help but feel this could have been written by me or for me so I had to post it as the year ends and as an informal ending to my selections on Love from Africa.
There are some things which should be writ before we are married — things we have talked over before — most of them.
You must know again my reluctance to marry, my feeling that I shatter thereby chances in work which means most to me. I feel the move just now as foolish as anything I could do. I know there may be compensations but have no heart to look ahead.
On our life together I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any midaevil code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly. If we can be honest I think the difficulties which arise may best be avoided should you or I become interested deeply (or in passing) in anyone else.
Please let us not interfere with the others’ work or play, nor let the world see our private joys or disagreements. In this connection I may have to keep some place where I can go to be myself, now and then, for I cannot guarantee to endure at all times the confinements of even an attractive cage.
I must exact a cruel promise and that is you will let me go in a year if we find no happiness together.
I will try to do my best in every way and give you that part of me you know and seem to want.
They make you laugh
Then they hurt or annoy you
They “borrow” and break your things,
But would give you the world in a heartbeat
They defend you ferociously but will correct you when you’re wrong, even from across the globe
There is nothing they won’t do for you but sometimes they want way too much from you
Endless laughter keeps us going, even when it seems the world is against us
Anger between us is only temporary because the love we have for each other is never ending
My home, my heart, my friends, my blood, my family
I love you all way too much
And these are my final thoughts on Love from Africa