A significant part of the plot of The Best Two Years revolves around Dear John letters (or tapes) received by two of the missionaries who are featured in the film. I imagine myself in their shoes, and how brutal it must be to get one of those letters.
Fortunately, I suppose, I did not leave a girlfriend behind when I went on my mission, so by definition I was not at risk of getting such a letter. So I never personally had to experience that kind of heartbreak, when you’re far from home and completely impotent to do anything about it.
In fairness to the girls who send them, I’m wondering how realistic it is to plan on faithfulness during a two-year absence, especially in our early marriage culture we’ve just discussed. If you go off to Madagascar for two years and leave your hot girlfriend behind, what exactly did you think was going to happen?
But I’ve got to believe that among our readers there are many who either received or sent such letters. So here’s your chance to tell us your stories of missionary heartache. And did any of you sister missionaries get a Dear Jane letter, or is it mostly a female to male phenomenon? Share your stories with us here.