Who doesn’t love receiving a personal letter or card in the mail??? I was excited to paint this picture of a row of weathered, rusty mailboxes. My colors came out a bit dark, so if I repainted it I would lighten them up a bit. But I love the picture. When I look at it, I get a warm, fuzzy feeling thinking of all of the mail I have received in my box over the years when writing letters was the way to communicate because long distance calls cost a fortune.
I love being able to send emails for quick communication or pick up the phone for any whim of a thought since I have unlimited long distance. But I still get excited when I open up my mailbox and see a personal letter or card sitting in there waiting for me. I used to tear into the envelope immediately but since I get so few, I now savor the moment. I wait until I have some down time and make a glass of iced tea and sit out on my porch swing to read and enjoy the letter, hearing the writer’s voice as I read.
Writing a letter to someone takes time. And most of us have the time to sit and write but don’t make that a priority. But truly, we should all make time to sit down and write because writing warms the heart, I think because it is calming. It also improves memory (that’s a great one for aging minds) and inspires creativity. I always feel wonderful and happy after I’ve written to someone.
Can you do it? Take the challenge? Set aside a half hour once a week and write a hand written letter to someone? Give it a try. (It’s a great summer idea for kids, too!)