Trudging through the dreary, rainy Monday weather to the mailbox today in my yard Wellies, a ray of sunshine emerged in the form of a handwritten card…a Thanksgiving card…with glitter and sparkle to boot!
Since I could write my own name, I’ve traditionally sent greeting cards, notes, and letters to family and friends. With close friends, we send “just because” notes or funny cards because all of us can use a surprising boost now and then. Even as a classroom teacher, my students and I wrote individuals letters each week to mail to family, friends, legislators, and others to not only practice letter writing, but work together in keeping alive a dying art form (and yes, St. M., we always paid the postage on these…not sorry). Several of my students still correspond with me in writing all these years later too!
I know; I know…social media, texting, and emails should suffice and have become acceptable norms. I’m guilty of this too. My momma and both grandmothers are most likely rolling over in their eternal resting places just thinking about “social media” as an acceptable form of anything, especially in place of “the luxury of a handwritten note or letter to someone you love, respect, or admire…” ~Granny B and Brenda B Folsom~ The southern steel magnolias in my family were correct: “a handwritten treasure is a gift in itself.” I’m not just talking about writing those important thank-you notes either. Precious time and written thoughts simply shared from the heart helps make new friends or tend to long-time friends while gratefully sending a jolt of JOY into another person’s world. Let’s face it, our mailboxes are depressingly full of bills, ads, political endorsements, and more. Spying a handwritten card or letter is the FIRST thing to tear open and savor when found! What a quick way to turn a frown upside down! 🙂
So…who will you choose to share a handwritten card, note, or letter with during the next week?
Here’s hoping the mailbox you choose to overflow with personal flair fills yours in kind in the coming week. 🙂