A "Dear John letter" is a letter written to tell someone their relationship is over, usually because the composser has found another lover. They are often written out of an inability or unwillingness to inform the subject face to face. It pains me to do it, but, this is my "Dear John Letter" to Italy, (only I have not found another lover, just another country)
Dearest John, I mean Dearest Italy,
I know this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be done. Writing like this. But, it’s the only way I have left. I am constantly surrounded by you, looking into your food, wine and culture, my mind goes blank, my thoughts jumble, and I am left with nothing for you but tears.
Being with you has been wonderful. Being with you has taught me so much. And there is so much that I am grateful for, so much that I will cherish well into my declining years.
But the time has come to say good-bye. We both knew that this would not last forever.
We were simply not meant to be, my love.
You have your ways, I have mine, and nothing in the middle seems to make sense, particularly driving habits. So many things still baffle me about you.
I love you, still. But the carbohydrate intake that lies beneath my stomach lining, has become more than I can endure. More than anyone should have to. For me, and for you. We are too good to settle for something that will never be.
I wish for you, all the things you dream of. All the things you need, such as more patience while queing and a better understanding of customer service.
I wish for you, a happiness that will endure.
Good-bye Italy my love, you will never be forgotton.
"Io vi amo e vi ringrazio per i ricordi."