Don't you just love real mail? Remember when checking the mail was the highlight of your day? Especially when a love letter arrived! Do boys even write those anymore?
I've saved every single word my husband has ever written me. We met over Thanksgiving my senior year in college, were engaged two and half months later (can you believe it?) and with email in its infancy and long-distance phone bills costly, we relied on cards and letters to make it through the long-distance part of our engagement. What a treasure those words are to me!
And then there are the notes from friends. They say, "I care" and "you matter" in a way that modern communication just can't do.
With letter-writing becoming a lost art, it's worth keeping the really good ones. They tell a story of a time and place in your life that you may have forgotten. Simply the sight of familiar handwriting evokes powerful emotions.
I didn't even have to read the words to feel loved when I opened these two cards. The handwriting is unmistakably my Granny's. Oh, how I miss her. These cards were for my birthday...sent to me my freshman and senior year in college. I wish I had kept everything she ever wrote me, but at least I have these (and in them the memory of a remarkable woman).
And then there are the cards your children make for you...
If these were all I had in my letter-saving box, I'd feel full. How about you? Do you save cards and letters? Have you looked at them lately? If it's been awhile, this is the perfect month to sit down, hold real paper in your hands and remember how good it feels, even years later, to read hand-written notes.
In honor of "Card and Letter Writing Month," I'll be giving away cards and stationery all month long! FIRST GIVEAWAY: a set of personalized notecards (with a design of your choice)!
To enter, simply leave a comment by Sunday, April 11 telling me about your card and letter-saving habits. Do you have a favorite? How long have you kept it? Who wrote it? What do you love about it? Any little thing you want to say about saving hand-written notes will do!
P.S. Don't forget: save 15% in my online shop until April 15th. Just enter SPRING15 during checkout!