CHICAGO (CBS) — Patti Blagojevich says she got an anniversary gift better than flowers from her imprisoned husband.

On her Facebook page, Illinois’ former first lady posted excerpts of a letter she received from Rod Blagojevich for their 22nd wedding anniversary.

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From his prison cell where he’s serving a 14-year sentence, the Sun-Times quoted the former governor as writing, “What a blessing you gave me. I am sorry for you though. Why did you ever say yes?”

He told her that they had really have been blessed in so many ways.

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“I have been blessed to be married to and in love with the best person I have ever known,” he wrote.

And he added an optimistic post script: “What are you doing next year on this day? Can I take you out?”

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The former governor has been in prison since March on a corruption conviction.