Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A Love List

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Eero Saarinen — the late architect responsible for, amongst other things, the Gateway Arch — compiled the following list in 1954 and gave it to his new wife, Aline, as a romantic gesture. It's a handwritten, 13-point breakdown of her best attributes.

Transcript follows. Image courtesy of the Archives of American Art.



Transcript
I — FIRST I RECOGNIZED THAT YOU WERE VERY CLEVER

II — THAT YOU WERE VERY HANSOME

III — THAT YOU WERE PERCEPTIVE

IV — THAT YOU WERE ENTHUSIASTIC.

V — THAT YOU WERE GENEROUS.

VI — THAT YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL

VII — THAT YOU WERE TERRIBLY WELL ORGANIZED

VIII — THAT YOU WERE FANTASTICALLY EFFICIENT

IX — THAT YOU DRESS VERY WELL

IIIA — THAT YOU HAVE A MARVELOUS SENSE OF HUMOR

X — THAT YOU HAVE A VERY BEAUTIFUL BODY.

XI — THAT YOU ARE UNBELIEVABLE GENEROUS TO ME.

XII — THAT THE MORE ONE DIGS THE FOUNDATIONS THE MORE AND MORE ONE FINDS THE SOLIDEST OF GRANIT FOR YOU AND I TO BUILD A LIFE TOGETHER UPON (I KNOW THIS IS NOT A GOOD SENTENCE)