Dear John,

"Do people still start letters with 'Dear'?" I asked my friend.


John,

I decided that felt too informal, so I started again.


Dear John,

My handwriting was too messy. Take 3 on the thank you note.


At this point, I was back to the days of being eleven when I re-started a thank you note every time I made a tiny mistake like messing up on the heart above an "i" ; and like then, I went through way too much stationery trying to get it right.


Dear John, 

Now I felt like I was writing a Dear John letter, ending my relationship with a man I never met.