In this age of texts, tweets and emails, there is a closeness lost, a personal connection that seems to have gone away. Where are the days of love letters, thank you notes and hand-written correspondence?
While I love all those technical communications I mentioned above, (I hate talking on the phone!), because it is February and Valentine’s Day, wouldn’t it be nice to let someone know you are thinking about them, loving them, by mail? The old-fashioned way?
When my husband and I dated in the late 80’s, we lived two-hours away from each other. This was before all the technical devices we now have and love. The only way to communicate was through a landline (a what?). One of those phones that had a cord and a wire in the wall. We talked every night, once a day, and that was long distance; it was costly.
We also communicated by letter.
We wrote to each other, using pen and paper, daily. Every day I ran to the mailbox and received happy- mail from my boyfriend. I distinctly remember how joyful I was to read his words. I cherished that moment. We poured our hearts and minds out onto those pages.
I kept every one of them and still cherish them today.
Writing for me has always been a love.
Whether it was writing a letter to my boyfriend or my grandmother, it brought me pleasure. I did that, too. For years, I wrote weekly to my grandmother and to my husband’s grandmother. I loved putting the words onto paper. I loved buying notecards and stationery, stamps and stickers. I would include photographs of my children, knowing when these sweet ladies opened the letter, they would smile and feel loved.
You can spread this joy to someone. You don’t have to do it daily or weekly but you should do it. Everyone loves receiving happy-mail.
Let someone in your life know that you love them and they are important to you. We all lead busy lives and this simple gesture will mean so much to the one you write to. Taking the five minutes will mean more to the person on the other side of the mailbox–more than you know. They will feel loved and important. They will feel cherished. You will feel something, too.
Get a basket, bin or crate to keep your notecards, stationery and stamps handy. Buy yourself a special pen to make writing more fun.
You can find notecards at any store, like Target, Walmart, your grocery store and even dollar stores. Buy stickers to seal the envelope. Practice your hand-lettering. Make this an event–not a chore. You can even use yellow legal pads like my husband did. (Pretty notecards are way more fun though!)
Write to someone today and spread some love and smiles. And perhaps they will write to someone. And so on…
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