Back in the dark ages before social media, the best way to tell someone you loved them was through a beautiful love letter. Crazy, right? Obviously, these days, we can communicate instantly with our loved ones, but once upon a time, you had to put actual pen to actual paper and wait wait days, weeks, or even months to hear back.
There's definitely something magical about these old-school forms of communication: polaroid pictures and handwritten letters, voicemails left on machines. There's a tender deliberateness that comes with the knowledge that these things took effort and time. There's a sweet intimacy to seeing your lover's handwriting on an envelope, or hearing their voice in your ear.
But modern technology has its own magic, too, like the ability to keep your partner with you in your pocket at all times, no matter where you are, through texts and Instagram and Facetime. There's a certain thrill that occurs when you see your crush has liked one of your pictures. And there's nothing quite as lovely as crafting a perfectly romantic Instagram caption for bae.
I say, let's combine the new with the old. Let's bring the candor of those days to today's methods of communications. Because even though technology has certainly changed, love is timeless, right? Nobody knows more about declaring love than authors, so take your cues from their famous love letters when you craft your next Instagram caption for you and your special someone: