“I’ve got mail!

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A billet-doux means sweet letter.

I’m involved in an email correspondance with a precious friend.  We take our letter writing very seriously.  I cannot imagine my life without him.

He is an 86-year-old man, the only surviving friend of my parents’ circle.  My departed parents and his departed partner could never have imagined the friendship that would bloom between us.

Robert is a French Canadian who grew up hearty in New Hampshire. He has a Phd. in French Literature from Columbia University, and currently is the Standing Room Only Professor of Music History at Noble Horizons in Connecticut.

He brightens my every day.  We write to each other across miles and generations.  He occasionally writes me in French and I sprinkle my letters with French, German and Spanish.

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We write to each other all the time, whenever we feel like it.  On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  New Year’s eve and New Year’s day.  We write in hot weather and blizzards.  We write on lonely Saturday nights or lazy Sunday afternoons.  We write early in the morning and late at night.  We offer comfort, inspiration, advice.  We regale each other with the minutiae of our very different lives.

I write him travel missives when I go off, as it is not easy for him to travel these days.  He tells me what classical music to listen to, what concert halls to visit.   We discuss all holidays, current events, meals, friends, cocktail parties.  We have agreed not to discuss politics or religion although they sometimes creep into the paragraphs.


We speak of our memories and our hopes for the future.  We always discuss the weather.  I hang on his every word about the winter, spring, summer, fall of his Connecticut country gentleman’s life.

I thank the marvelous invention of the internet for making this intimate, nurturing friendship possible.

Do you have a special correspondent in your life?  I hope you do.  And that you’ll tell us about it.

xo Liza


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