Recently I had the chance to sit down and write a handful of notes to some friends I love. It’s not that rare of an occurrence for me, telling people how much I love and adore them. I’m the girl who runs up to people at conferences to profess my undying love. I email people on a regular basis just to say “hello, I adore you”. So it was a natural thing for me to sit down, pen in hand, and compose little notes to the people in my life who’ve made a big difference to me in the last year.
I sent one to my sister-from-another-mother Rachael, and to my long lost twin Marie. And I think it’s fair to say I got as much happiness from the love I sent in the mail as the recipients of my cards. Is there anything better than a hand written note in the mail?
I don’t think so.
Growing up I was pen pals with my cousin in Florida and I loved getting the mail, sorting through all the bills, looking for my name written by hand. My cousin and I went on writing letters all through elementary school and high school, sharing our lives with each other well before the internet, and the appeal of a note stamped and posted just for me has never lost its shimmer. In fact, right now I’m in the middle of setting up a pen pal for Precocious, just so she can have the glorious experience of a regular note in the mail. Something to anticipate and savor, to re-read when things get a little rough. I don’t do that with emails, but I still have hand written cards tucked into my scriptures, journal, and nightstand.
I personally don’t think you can go wrong saying hello to someone you love. I’m a big believer in not leaving things unsaid. If you care about someone, I personally think they have the right to hear just how marvelous you think they are, just how happy they make you to be alive.
How often do you write hand written notes? Is it only for the invitations and thank you’s, or are you a regular letter writer?
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