Men like to think that grand gestures of love make women weak in the knees, but it’s the simple, little things that matter. It’s why many people obsessed over the character of Peter Kavinsky in the Netflix rom-com and book “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” — this teen got so many things right about what women want: a kind, thoughtful man who makes an effort to make you happy.
The problem: Peter Kavinsky is fictional. In real life, couples can find themselves wondering if they even have time for the romance part once you have kids. But we don't think that romance is dead either, and this kilig true story proves it.
A Facebook post by user Leah Ensalada-Beltranwent viral when she uploaded photos of her dad, Quintin Ensalada’s love letters made to her mom, Luna, who kept everything in pristine condition. “My dad made all these cards and drawings by himself,” she wrote in the post.
“I saw my dad’s love letters for mom when I was in high school, inside a folder while I was looking through our steel cabinet. My mom is very organized when it comes to documents, even letters from friends and relatives are kept intact,” Leah shares with SmartParenting.com.ph in an email interview.
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She recalls that her mom got embarrassed when Leah told her that she saw and read the letters. “My mom was so shy to show it to us when we were younger. She also had replies for my dad, of course, but we couldn’t find it anymore.”
The letters started back in 1964, and Quintin wrote to Luna on the occasion of her 19th birthday and the beginning of his courtship. “He wrote a poem for my mom and also included the lyrics of Moon River by Frank Sinatra,” Leah says. (Are you swooning yet?)
“If the moon is useless without the stars to glow, then ‘I’ like the night, [am] useless without you.”
While the courtship was long and arduous, according to Leah (her mom came from a well-respected family in her hometown of Cabadbaran in Agusan Del Norte), Quintin eventually won Luna's parents’ approval, and they got married on September 9, 1967.
The letters, however, continued until they were married. Leah recalled her Papa still sent love letters to her mom when he was away for three months to study at Haggai Institute in Singapore. “He was the romantic type of person,” Leah notes.