“Hey Punkin’ –
I hope you had a nice time with Nicole in OC. Getting out of town, even if only for a day, is always refreshing. I want you to know how much I love being with you and how much I appreciate everything you do. Living together in such small quarters can be very difficult, and I apologize if I’ve made you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. That is certainly not the case. It is just a new experience for me. I have loved having you here. Not just because you cook, clean, and make the bed, but because always having your smile right here has made me a happier person. Thank you for being there with good advice, thank you for being there to read lines, and thank you for being the best girlfriend a guy could want. I knew you were special the moment we met. And to answer your question, I knew we had something the first night you visited LA. Can’t wait to continue to make that something even more special.
— The One That Got Away, 2003
(I am packing to move out of my apartment and stumbled upon this letter in the back of a frame. It seems like a lifetime ago.)