Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, ‘A Woman of Independent Means’
I love giving and receiving letters and cards. For someone that spends so much time online and reads more than 100 emails a day, there is something so special about getting a real life paper card or letter. Yesterday, I received a New Year’s letter from some old friends they had moved across the country and I often wondered what they were up to. I suppose they could have just hastily sent me an email, but they took the time to write a letter, enclosed photos, and made my day. I also keep almost every card and letter I receive, it’s fun to read them and think about what was going on in my life at the time the card was written. A personal history in greeting cards. That’s another reason I like to collect vintage postcards, many are little glimpses into the world at that time. The penny postcard revolutionized sending greetings in the mail. One I bought at a garage sale even had a marriage proposal on it, that one was never mailed. I wonder if the marriage ever happened.
Today, write a letter or a card to someone special…as Elizabeth Hailey says it could just bring you back to your life with greater contentment.Now get back to work!
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