I did something crazy today--I poured a glass of pink lemonade, located a fairly ancient pack of stickers, sat down and started to write a letter to a friend. A letter on real paper, with a real pen! I had to laugh at myself as I did it, because I felt so strange doing something which was completely normal for all of us until only about 10 years ago. How quickly things change. I honestly can't remember the last time I sent a letter (not a card, but an actual letter) by mail.
I was also laughing at myself because after writing one page, my hand was completely cramping up!
I have been feeling lately that I want to be free of the computer more often. And I have also been wishing that people communicated with pen and paper a little more often than we do. Then I realized that I was being ridiculous. What on earth is stopping me from writing a letter to anyone, whenever I want to? Just because email is quicker and more convenient doesn't mean I am required by law to use it!
There was an email I have been meaning to answer for ages, a long one from from a new friend. So today instead of writing her back online, I printed off her email for reference, pulled a few sheets of paper from the printer and sat down to write. Why not?
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who loves getting something in the mailbox besides bills and advertisements. I truly believe more of us should send a real letter or card to a friend more often--I have a feeling it would bring a bigger smile to her face than an email or e-card could. There is something special about seeing the handwriting of someone you care about, and knowing that the paper you are holding they also held, before it was sent across the miles. And of course, it's nice to know that someone took the time to write to you, and then bring the letter to the mailbox, too.
I wonder if I can even buy pretty stationary anywhere, anymore? I guess the kind intended for computer printers would work. :)
I challenge all my readers to consider writing a real letter this week to someone dear--even if it's just a few lines. I think you might enjoy it!