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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The New York Times couldn't publish every ad I sent them for my little op-ed, and there's one that I really love that couldn't make the cut and as I'm short on time this morning, I'm going to share it with you now.

"Forever" - Your two dear letters received. Though many miles divide me from you, my "golden-haired darling," my heart is ever with you, and I count the hours that must pass before I see you once again. Fear not that I shall ever tire of those three words; they fill my soul with perfect peace, for I love you only, and am ever your own "Forever."
Awww. That's so sweet. It's hard finding ads that are just pure declarations of love. Usually the people involved are planning appointments, and even more often they are depressed and lonely and sad. This one - granted, they're far apart, but "Forever" doesn't sound hopeless at all. The tone makes me think that they're just temporarily separated. The author is, after all, counting the hours that must pass before they see each other again, so perhaps they already knows when that will be.

A long, long time ago, I wrote that ads like this in many ways reminded me of those emails from Governor Mark Sanford to his girlfriend in Argentina. I know that affair was gross and tawdry and got worse and worse as he just wouldn't shut up. But those emails were something else. I love ads like the one above; I think they're beautiful and touching. But this one really, really reminds me of those emails and that makes me a little sad too. Were the "Forevers" also having an affair? I hope not. But it does make me wonder.

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