Love is a complicated thing, ya feel me? Although you figure out more and more about love as you experience it with other people, and figure out what you will and what you won’t put up with from a partner, it never really gets any easier.
Our first real relationships are usually quite tumultuous. You’re young, naïve, optimistic and not always realistic. You believe that this person is going to be the last person you’ll ever be with even though it’s statistically highly unlikely. Young love is fraught with problems because there’s a good chance that you’re not done growing emotionally yet. You may not know exactly who you are or what you want out of life, so it’s probable that you and your partner will grow apart.
And when you two inevitably have problems, there’s likely going to be a lot of back and forth rather than a clean, civil break. Emotional outburts, social media stalking, hand-written letters gushing with proclamations and promises are pretty common between young couples.
In 1998, a young woman named Brittany wrote a letter to her former boyfriend Herbert, and it was a clear example of the issues that come from young love gone wrong. Such letters are often kept as mementos in an old desk or other such furniture. But this particular letter was recently found stuffed inside a J.J. Fadd album that was purchased at a thrift store. The former owner of the album and how this letter became housed in it is unknown.
The five-page letter from Brittany to Herbert is fantastic on so many levels, and the young lady is commendable for standing up for herself even though she is tempted to recommit to her boyfriend. Brittany, who may have been writing the letter from a youth correctional center (Jetson Correctional Center for Youth), stated that even though she still cares for Herb, she’s not going to be with him because he makes bad life choices and he cheated on her with her own sister.
The transcribed letter is here with Brittany’s spelling in tact:
I hope that Brittany is happy wherever she is right now. She seems like she had a good head on her shoulders even though she was having issues in her life at the time she wrote this letter. I hope she never gave that cheater Herb another chance (he didn’t even write her long letters trying to get back!). I hope that she went to college and became a doctor. And I hope that she found a man that makes good life choices.