A Love Letter

My Dearest Readers:

I am still shocked to have found you and to have you in my life. I never really expected it, nor thought I deserved it. Your presence in my life is a gift that sustains me; an ongoing delight that I will always cherish.

I'll never forget the first time we met. Out of nowhere you appeared. And from the first time I noticed you I was in love. It was not one thing, not your equal love of wine, not your equal level of curiosity, not your quiet willingness to engage with me in intellectual pursuits, not even the delight you delivered to me by focusing your attention on me. My immediate love for you derived from the intimate connection that passed between us that allowed us both to immediately say honest things to each other.

You've been the integral element in my life now for more than four years. Not a day passes that I don't get up in the morning and think of you, then think of your warm embrace as I close my eyes at night. I think of you all the time. I constantly fear I can't give you the kind of delights you shower upon me, nor bestow on you the same attention and affection that you seem so easily to give me.

Even for the short times we've found ourselves apart over the past years those separations have been as though a piece of me, a vital piece, has been subtracted and I've been made less than whole. And yet, when I return, no matter my condition or disposition, there you are, waiting with another embrace, as though I never left.

And so my love for you grows. Your presence in my life expands. That part of me that is yours encompasses more of who I am. And this agrees with me in ways I fear I cannot fully express.

My great hope is that our lives will continue to co-mingle in even more important ways, that we will continue to share our mutual love of wine, truth, enlightenment, challenge and each other.

Happy Valentines Day.



Posted In: Personal, Wine Blogs


15 Responses

  1. Randy - February 13, 2009

    You’re welcome?
    Seriously, the love you give is repaid to you tenfold, and I believe in your case Tom it will be repaid a hundredfold.
    Raise a glass to love!

  2. Fredric Koeppel - February 13, 2009

    Brilliant! We love you too!

  3. tish - February 13, 2009

    Tom, you served a Wine Blog Award for humility and humanity. Many of us view the whole enitrety of the online wine community differently (in a good way) thanks to you.

  4. David Cole - February 13, 2009

    I appreciate your humor, candor and willingness to share ideas! I’m not sure it’s love yet…;-), but it is a relationship and that’s a good place to start.
    Keep up the great work!

  5. KenPayton - February 13, 2009

    I raise my glass to you, Tom. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  6. Roger - February 13, 2009

    Aw, gee, shucks.
    Thanks Tom, you’re part of my morning reading.

  7. Scott - February 14, 2009

    Wow. That is truly creepy and scary. Should we all get our rstraining orders now?

  8. Strappo - February 14, 2009

    Tom, I like (love you?!) you for your willingness to go out on a limb — a ledge, even — and never play it safe. Now that’s what a compelling blog is all about, regardless of subject matter.

  9. Samantha - February 14, 2009

    I loved this post and as a fellow blogger it rang true of my feelings…awe, you understand me.

  10. Jaton - February 15, 2009

    I’m new to the blogging, but your Valentines Day piece, I can relate. The posting was very well written, and if you get time definitely check out my posting, I would love for your feed back.

  11. Gary "Iron" Chevsky - February 15, 2009

    Great Valentine’s Day post!
    Thank you so much!

  12. Brother Al - February 15, 2009

    Okay, it’s *really* creepy hearing you talk about how you wake up thinking of me, wanting to embrace me and that I’m an integral part of your life. Man, get a grip! I’m not that great a partner. Just ask my lady! But, you do inspire me and although I don’t play for “that team”…I was wondering……might you want to go to Vegas sometime?
    Brother Al

  13. Strappo - February 16, 2009

    Al, I don’t at all think Tom plays for “that team” — which happens to be my team — but tell me when, exactly, did a heartfelt expression of love and affection = being gay??
    My my, what a reductive culture, people! Why — it’s — it’s sort of analogous to the reductiveness of our current wine culture! By Jove — !

  14. Dylan - February 16, 2009

    Thanks for appreciating your readers. In appreciating everything you write about, you allow us to do the same.

  15. Dombeya Wines - February 23, 2009

    A true romantic, Tom. Always enjoy the read down here.

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