I was skimming through my old Google doc files when I found one document that caught my attention: my letter for Romeo and Juliet.
I wrote this letter last school year as a requirement for our English class when I was in Grade 7. We studied Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for our class book report. I was just 12 when I wrote this letter. (OK, I’m still 12 now but I’m turning 13 in less than 3 months so I guess that would make a difference?)
I felt amused re-reading what I wrote here and thought it would be nice to share it with you. So, without much further ado, here it is. I hope you will learn something from my twelve-year-old perspective on love, romance, and tragedy.
March 7, 2019
Dear Romeo and Juliet,
Growing up, I often hear the word “love”, and I would often ask: what really is love? Is “love” just a word, a thought, or a feeling? After years of curiosity, plus my 12 years of existence, this question was finally answered: love is about patience, sacrifice, and understanding.
I know that you guys have a deep affection for each other, but seriously, I may sound judgmental but I really think what you did was wrong. Weren’t you taught that you have to get to know each other really deeper first before you could say that you love each other? Honestly, you can’t love a person you just met because you are only loving what you see and not exactly what you know (or don’t know, for that matter).
Love is about understanding. It should not delight in what is evil but rejoices with the truth (quoting St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians).
In a romantic relationship, you shouldn’t rush things because things might end up being rash. If you guys truly love each other, you would have waited for more days, months, and even years, for you to be married. You should have gradually built your commitment to each other because love is about sacrifice and not wanting instant gratification.
When you love each other, you wouldn’t pressure each other to get married. Marriage could happen at the right time. We should always wait until we are ready because, as what St. Paul had said, love is patient. If you both did all this, then your love would have been purer, more sacred, and even successful, despite the you-against-the-world ordeal that you would have faced.
Fighting for love is good — however, rushing things isn’t. Things done in a rush would often have a tragic ending, as you may have learned the hard way.
Sometimes, life is really not fair. We are being tested first before we could learn the lessons. And there are times when it’s already too late. May your sacrifice serve as a great lesson to the younger generation of today, that we may be wiser when it comes to love. That we may not follow the path that you chose.
Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for the lessons. Thank you for teaching us what we should never do. May your souls rest in peace.
I’m not bitter, I’m just trying to be wiser. =)
What would you say to Romeo and Juliet if you could write them a letter? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
This letter for Romeo and Juliet was originally written and submitted as a class requirement for Grade 7 English.
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