To the man who will fall in love with me next:
1. Be kind.
My heart is fragile and has been hurt many times before. Know that I am a Cancer which means that I cry, I hide in my shell, and I feel more than anyone else.
2. Be gentle.
Speak to me softly. Push my hair off of my face. Lightly touch my cheek and gently kiss my hand. Be gentle with your actions and gentle with your words. Remember that I am sensitive, which means that my heart is also fragile.
3. Remind me of who I am.
Sometimes I will forget that I am kind, loving, compassionate, special, talented, and intelligent. I will need to be reminded, not just by anyone but by you. I will cherish your opinion more than anyone else. If I do something kind, tell me. If I do something brave, tell me. If I do something silly, laugh with me and tell me.
4. Be understanding.
There are things from my past that I haven’t told you yet. These things made me who I am but also hurt who I am. I will hold back from telling you how I feel. I will look away from you when you are angry. I will cry when I do the wrong thing. Know that it’s not because of you, it’s because of my past and it’s something that I am working on.
5. Accept that I am a child at heart, yet an old soul at the same time.
I am a child. I enjoy chicken tenders with honey mustard, and grilled cheese with tomato soup. I am obsessed with Disney and love to watch Jack Hannah on Saturday mornings. I also appreciate taking long walks, having meaningful conversations and old fashioned living. You may not know what this means yet, but you will.
6. Be romantic.
I need it, I crave it. This is the best way to keep things exciting but also the easiest way for me to fall in love with you. Bring me flowers just because, even if you pick wildflowers it’s the thought that counts. Make me soup when I’m sick. On my birthday surprise me with a getaway. Send a surprise to my university one day. Write me a poem, or a song. Create a playlist and add all of the songs that remind you of me. Kiss me in the rain, then make me hot chocolate so I won’t catch a cold. Dance with me when the snow is falling. Kiss me passionately. Love me unconditionally. Take me on a sleigh ride, bring me to the Eiffel Tower, propose to me surrounded by a hundred candles, flowers and little things that represent our love.
7. Be you.
Be silly, be passionate, be a dork, be you. As long as you are yourself, then that’s all I could ever ask for. I chose you because of who you are and how you have changed my life.