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The power of handwritten words

Monday, July 27, 2015

Upon opening the little box which contains one of my most prized possessions given to me from my mom 8 years ago, I saw her little handwritten 'happy birthday' note that she tucked into it. I felt so connected to her at that moment. I've written about that before, how something so simple as seeing her handwriting has buoyed me up in the times I have really missed her.

I was reading an essay, This Living Hand, by Edmund Morris, a writer best known for his presidential biographies.  His eloquent words resonated with me and perfectly described my feelings:

"Why, in the age of voice mail, is script still the preferred style for messages of great intimacy? Because it is both direct and enduring. Spoken words, whether recorded at long distance or whispered across an inch of pillow, may have greater impact, but they evaporate at once, like splashes of acetone. Handwritten words mean more the more they are read, and time only increases their first force."
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Four years ago I issued a challenge to do a little more correspondence by way of the written note. Sadly, I haven't been as good about it as I once was so I am issuing another challenge, to myself, mainly. It's time to take pen to paper and write little affirmations ( a lá stuart smalley anyone?) of jobs well done or just to let one know they're on my mind. Time to spread a little cheer and help out the post office, no? But really though, who doesn't like a note?
If you'd like to join me, remember your note cards don't need to be fancy or expensive. I quite like the dollar aisle at various stores myself. Even a 3x5 note card will do. Besides, it's the genuine sentiment that will be of most value.

Have a good day,
~L
True to my thrifting side, I found a stack of note cards for mere pennies at the thrift shop and the dollar aisle at Micheal's, (which are the black chalkboard cards.) The rose postcard is actually a folded set of nine. I like to pick up plenty of cards to have on hand so I can act upon the prompting to get a card out to someone. When I figure I can "get to it tomorrow," I don't always. This will help to keep me ready.



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10 comments:

  1. You know, Laura, you are so right. It IS important that we take time to write personal messages. Not only to those we truly love and care, but also to those people who are in our lives who visibly need a hand, or a kind word - to whom a little message on a nice envelop would mean the world. A world of change. Think of elderly, people you who just love their jobs, people suffering illness, etc. etc. Thank you for coming into my life, L. I value your contribution at our SHARE IT party. I sincerely hope you'll join us again next Saturday.

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    1. Thank you so much. I couldn't agree more - a simple note, one or two lines even, make a difference!

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  2. I keep an entire drawer full of pretty cards I find at stores, and I love to send them out to friends randomly. I also like to get them too, it's so special to get fun mail! :)

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    1. It's always nice to have a stash on hand!

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  3. Oh, this post is so dear to my heart! I wrote a similar post called Real Mail a while back--After my parents passed away, I found the letters I had written to them through the years, and it was like finding treasure. Your post is a reminder for me again of how important these handwritten notes are. So glad I found your lovely blog via Turn it Up Tuesday!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love that you write about this too. Both of my parents are gone and you're so right, it is a treasure to see our correspondence over the years!

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  4. Just today I received a birthday card from my mom. As soon as I saw her handwriting on the envelope, I felt like the miles between us melted away. Its funny how seeing someone's handwriting can trigger such emotion. I love receiving actual handwritten mail from friends and family, and I always hold onto those notes and cards to look back on. Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

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    1. How great for you! I know exactly what you mean!

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