PROSE: R u Serious

Second year Creative Writing student, Sofia Evans, shares her writing which explores the idea of abbreviating the words ‘I love you’.

R u Serious?

What is in a few missing letters, when we say it with all our hearts affection and more? The idea that the English language was created millions of years ago, only for the youths of today to begin replacing sentences with abbreviations. Then the meaning of the words seems to slip away when we lose those few letters, doesn’t it?

If I were to message my love “I <3 u”

Would they believe me whole heartedly or would they be second guessing my attention because I didn’t finish the word? I didn’t text the whole sentence, only half. That instantly must mean that I only half meant it. Or perhaps, I am so comfortable and at ease, I know my love would understand the complexity without it fully being shown. 

All this subsequent guessing over a few letters missing, from such a meaningful sentence and our loved ones read it as rudeness. Disrespect. Fake. A broken thread or simply a sarcastic joke. Neither of these are what I could have meant, not when I was just expressing a relaxation in my affections. Yet the problems have already begun to circulate our loved one’s minds, monsters of self-doubt and past trauma rising to the surface. Merely over a few missing letters and some incomplete words.

If I were to message my love “I love you”

They wouldn’t think anything less than the truth. The whole honesty and basic facts of sincerity. Purely for the reason that I took the time to type out all the letters and words before sending it to them. This extra minute taken to finish a word; this delayed time used up in further adoration, gifted in this little message, can mean everything. 

A few missing letters, no matter how utterly infatuated and love-sick we are over them, implies the complete love we feel isn’t fully there. This lack of letters equals a lack of love delivered; a lack of devotion attached to the one message. It may be easier to abbreviate and tap little smiley faces with hearts in their eyes their way, but does it truly represent the passion you’re trying to convey in the little message? 

Nevertheless, don’t miss out the letters. They count.

I love you written in sand


Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay


To see more of Sofia’s work, follow @jointhepartyalice1 on Instagram.

Sofia Evans

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