Reddit Boyfriend Cover Letter
Tear-jerking letters have been penned by social media users to say the things they always wanted to say - but never did - to former loves, estranged relatives, friends, abusers and even pets.
In the Writing Prompts section of social media site Reddit, where one user writes a prompt for others to begin a piece of writing, Levitus01 tried something different earlier this month.
‘Most of the writing prompts I see on here are for fictional stories,’ Levitus01 wrote. ‘In this prompt, I’d like you to consider writing something a little more personal.’
In the Writing Prompts section of social media site Reddit, where one user writes a prompt for others to begin a piece of writing, Levitus01 tried something different earlier this month, and asked users to write a letter they've never had the courage to send
More than 1,200 letters were posted in the thread, with many reflecting on their family breakdown or estranged fathers (stock)
‘Perhaps you’d like to write a letter confessing your love to a long forgotten crush? A letter to your boss telling them exactly what you think of them? A letter to your school bully? Maybe a letter to your childhood hero telling them how much you were inspired by their career?’
He wanted responses to ‘most of all, be expressive’.
In their responses, most writers reflected on their past, on the ‘sorry’ they wished they had said, or the person they wished they’d never let go.
Others wrote letters to their former or future selves.
One woman wrote to her elder sister that she hasn't seen in 15 years.
'So much has changed. I'm no longer seven-years-old, and I like to believe I've grown into a wonderful young lady, mostly because of you.
'There's so much I want to tell you. Your boys are turning 18 this year. One of them has gone goth, can you believe it? The other one looks just like you with the curly yellow hair.
'I have a boyfriend. [We've] been together for almost four years now. I love him with all I am, and I know you would too, if only because I have chosen him.
'I know I'll see you again one day,' the woman wrote. 'I love you big sis.'
One user wrote a tear-jerking story about a former love and friend who suffered brain damage and was never the same again.
One user wrote a tear-jerking story about a former love and friend who suffered brain damage and was never the same again (stock)
‘You’ll never remember what I did. You’ll never remember learning colours or numbers or eating your first meal from a spoon I was holding. ‘I think I like it better that way,’ the user wrote on Reddit
‘You got kicked out of school. You moved in with another guy and confided in me about your relationship problems.
‘You kept seeing him, and kept coming to me for advice. I conceded,’ the man wrote.
‘Then the accident happened. You were going too fast. You hit a puddle. You couldn’t keep from swerving into the other lane.
‘The next few months you’ll never remember. You were in a coma. You were in rehab. You couldn’t speak. You couldn’t eat. I was there every other day, spending hours with you, watching movies with the husk of a person I once knew.
‘Your brain damage wasn’t as bad as they thought, but it changed you. You became frustrated. You would lash out at me due to your brain’s lack of ability to filter. You’d hit me. I remained there. I taught you to count again. I taught you colours. I taught you the parts of your face. I fed you your first solid meal.
‘Then I realised that things would never be the same. That as much as I cared for you, I had to move on, and so did you. You were recovered to the best that you would be, and you were moving out on your own.
‘You’ll never remember what I did. You’ll never remember learning colours or numbers or eating your first meal from a spoon I was holding.
‘I think I like it better that way,’ the user wrote on Reddit.
Another user, named Jenna, wrote to a person named Matthew who fathered her children but is no longer present in their lives.
Another user, named Jenna, wrote to a person named Matthew who fathered her children but is no longer present in their lives
Amazingly, a user identifying themselves as Matthew responded: ‘Forgiveness isn't necessary, but please think kindly of me sometime.' However, other users were quick to point out it was most likely not the same Matthew Jenna was writing to (stock)
Jenna said she had finally ‘accepted it’ and ‘let go’.
‘Maybe it’s more for my own sense of sanity, but I have. None the less, I will never forget, or excuse you from your actions.
‘You were always battling your demons, and I guess I should’ve been foresightful [sic] enough to leave.
‘Ella is growing up fast, and Nick has already started elementary school. I guess you would sometimes wonder what they’re doing. They’re happy, and as for me, I’m happy too even if it took me many years to get here.
‘I met someone, and he makes me happy,’ Jenna wrote.
‘It hurts me, to a degree, but I can’t live in the hurt anymore. You made your decision.’
Amazingly, a user identifying themselves as Matthew responded.
‘I'm sorry for letting my demons escape. I should have sought help, I should have saved you from it. If there is one regret, it is that. I'm glad you're happy with him, and wish you all the best.
‘Forgiveness isn't necessary, but please think kindly of me sometime. Don't hold onto the bitterness like I have,’ the person, who said their name was Matthew, responded.
However, other users were quick to point out it was most likely not the same Matthew Jenna was writing to.
Some of the Reddit users wrote to their estranged fathers.
‘Hey, Dad. It’s been a long f***ing time without being around you, and I have to say it’s pretty sweet.
‘Your vicious words of hatred haven’t left my mind, not as a scar, but as a motivator. … “You’ll be dead by the time you’re 18”. [I] celebrated my 19th birthday two months ago,’ the user wrote.
‘Hey, Dad. It’s been a long f***ing time without being around you, and I have to say it’s pretty sweet,' one Reddit user wrote angrily about their father (stock)
One person responded to the user suggesting they ‘let it go’, but a second user who said their father had been abusive, then added that to ‘go at your own pace’.
‘I advise people not to hold onto anger, but it took me YEARS to feel and deal with those feelings. Go at your pace, I don’t know if it’s been five years or 50, you go at the pace you feel comfortable with.’
Among the more than 1,200 letters, many wrote to their abusers.
‘I am writing this with tears in my eyes and 15 years of wishing I did this sooner,’ one person wrote to the ‘dude who molested me when I was a child’.
‘You ruined my life,’ he wrote.
‘Thanks to you, I have spent the last five years of my life wasting away because I didn’t think there was anything left for me,’ the user wrote.
‘You probably think I deserve it because my testimony put you in prison for 50 years.’
The emotional letter ended positively for the man who posted it, though, who said he now has a ‘girl who loves me’, a ‘therapist who tells me it isn’t my fault’, an apartment and two cats and a dog.
‘I have a life [now], one I don’t want to end because it would “be easy”.’
One woman just couldn't stop apologising to her pets.
'To Harry, I'm sorry I never really knew how to love you properly. You were my childhood pet dog and you died on 31st December 2009 via put to sleep. I'm sorry we didn't know sooner about the cancer tumour. And I'm sorry mum kept you alive until your back leg went, oblivious to the cancer and thought it was old age until the vet.
'I love you and hope you rest in peace, same to you Bobby cat, I miss you both,' the woman wrote in her confessional letter to Reddit.
'To Lucky my dear Patterdale [Terrier] I love you lots too.'
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