When was the last time you wrote a letter? Not an email or a text update, an actual pen-on-paper letter?
I realised a couple of weeks ago that, thank you letters from the Smalls aside, I hadn’t written a letter in ages. And that made me sad.
I have mountains of pretty stationery – pens, writing paper, notecards, postcards, kits to make more cards, funky envelopes, washi tape, stickers, stamps – you name it, I’ve probably got it somewhere. It was scattered all over the place in boxes and drawers and generally going to waste and I’ve decided that just won’t do. Pretty stationery isn’t made for dusty drawers, it’s made for sharing.
So I have decided that I am going to start writing letters, sending postcards and sending little postal packets of love to people at least once a week. I’m going to sit down at the weekend, every weekend, and write something to somebody.
It might be a three page update letter or just a four word note on a postcard. It might have a little gift inside to make the recipient smile or simply be a card that says ‘saw this and thought of you’.
But it is going to be something and it is going to have a stamp stuck on it and it’s going to be dropped in a letter box so that my friends and family get something through the post every now and then that isn’t a bill or a takeaway menu. Getting the post in the morning used to be exciting but now it seems to be full of either rubbish or things you wish you could put in the rubbish instead of having to pay. Post as an adult just isn’t as fun and I want to do a tiny bit to change that.
One letter a week isn’t much, and I’m not expecting people to reply unless they really feel like it, but the act of writing the letters makes me happy and I like to think it might make the people at the other end happy as well.
So if I randomly ask you for your address, I’m just wanting to add you to my address book so I can maybe send you something to brighten your doormat at some point. If you want to be added just drop me an email/FB message/Twitter DM and I will put you in – the more the merrier says I!
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