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Pastry Chef Duff Goldman on How to Write a Perfectly Sweet Love Note

A love note is a chance to say exactly what you want to say without getting derailed by life's distractions.

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To me, a love note is a way to say something in such a way that you don’t normally express yourself. It’s hard getting super deep sometimes with someone with all the distractions of life around us and having someone process what you are saying in real time, that can derail your train of thought. With a love note, you can say exactly what you want to say and give it to someone else and say “Here. This is how I feel.”

Here’s a little note for my wife Johnna:

Muffin,
I know our lives have been blown apart and blessed with that sweet, perfect, ridiculous baby, and I realize that everything can seem all about her, but always remember that I fell in love with you and every time I see you in the morning or when you’re feeding Josephine or pushing a grocery cart or making a crunchy snack deli I fall in love with you all over again. It might be that I have the memory of a goldfish and every time I see you I have to re-remember that I married the most kind and loving and sexy and patient woman in the world, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s because you’re just the best thing that ever happened to me.
I caught you a delicious bass,
Duff

Duff Goldman owns Charm City Cakes and is a TV personality and author of several cookbooks. His spouse is writer Johnna Colbry.

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