I feel strongly about thank you notes, small gestures of gratitude for random acts of kindness (or intentional ones). To know a letter was drafted specifically for you, the envelope was licked, the stamp was perfectly placed (if you're OCD like me), and it was mailed with the intention of making your day...priceless!
I'm convinced the world would be an extra harmonious place if there was more happy mail floating around! Don't you agree?
The reason I write letters, aside from my attempt to preserve the written word, is a sentimental one.
Before the age of internet and social networking, I wrote letters.
You techy techy people might need to sit down for this one!
Paper to pen, this is how people communicated (some of you remember the days of pen pals). The bond with my great grandmother (Memaw) was strong enough for this teenage girl to have a pen pal thousands of miles away.
We wrote about nothing much and everything, all at the same time. When I received her letters, I envisioned her sitting in her chair, legs crossed, and writing with shaking hands. As time passed, her penmanship deteriorated and the effects of age was evident. But the letters kept coming, even though they were shorter and shorter. One day, I received the last letter with her regrets that she'd no longer be able to write.
A few years ago, she made her long awaited journey to be with her Lord. I cherish those letters even more now.
This is the reason I write, I still have those cherished letters. The card she selected to include her thoughtful words, the shaky handwriting, the perfectly placed stamp...it's a tangible reminder of her I will have forever.
Can we say the same about emails, tweets or text messages? Letter writing is the beginning of any personal and historical account, invaluable displays in museums around the globe. I wonder how different our world might be, had Apostle Paul sent his communiqué via text?!
Memaw, 1915-2011 (photo by Tammy Hall)
One of my cherished Memaw letters.
What is the reason you write letters?