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// she's only happy in the sun.
Jan 11


when dev and i were ‘courting’ each other from opposite ends of the country (side note: do people still ‘court’ each other? i’m all in favor of courting. viva la courting!) we would send each other text messages where we’d reduce the words to just initials. not in the popularly overused tradition of lol and omg, but whole sentences like ‘i.w.y.w.h.s.i.c.s.y.f.o’. and we would go back and forth like this having entire conversations. i was always impressed by how we never had any problem figuring out what each other was saying. i loved this little game. and from time to time we still leave each other notes only using initials.

so, it was with incredible delight that i spied johnny miller’s photograph folio where he took photographs of his parents letters back and forth when his dad was enlisted in vietnam and his parents were courting. the letters are so sweet and hopeful. and beautifully photographed.

as i flicked through his folio i saw this on the back of one of the envelopes…

so i guess we’re not the only ones.

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6 comments on “initials.”

  1. katya Says:

    Ohh.. that’s so romantic! I remembered an episode from the russian novel “Anna Karenina”, when two charachters are sitting in front of each other writting intials notes and telling that they are in love with each other

  2. jackie Says:

    “i.w.y.w.h.s.i.c.s.y.f.o.” = i wish you were here so i could squish your face off??
    love these – my hubby and i did something pretty similar while “courting” :D pure magic!
    love your blog! cheers.

  3. Ashley Says:

    Damn, someone beat me to it. But I was going to say “suck”, ha. It’s interesting how you barely have to think about it.

  4. golriz Says:

    oooh you were both so close!

    S stands for ‘smooch’ :)

    i know. so cheesy.

  5. Ashley Says:

    Pft. Cheesy in a fantastic way.

    Have a great day!

  6. Ladan Says:

    A guy I was sorta getting to know and I did that too but he would pretend there was no message (even though I could totally tell there was). Wait… now I seem like the nutbag, not him. Anyway, it didn’t work out but I thought it was cute when it was happening. Maybe it needs to be consensual acronyming for it to be effective.

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