On writing letters:
When is the last time you wrote a letter? I mean a REAL letter. One that required you to choose a pen that would survive its length, find a loose leaf bit of lined paper, drag your tongue across an envelope flap, and lick a stamp? For the sake of writing letters, I really hope your answer is yesterday.
When I first found out that I would be moving to Germany, I began to worry about keeping in touch with friends. I quickly assured myself that it would be a piece of cake what with Facebook, Skype, and good ‘ol e-mail. This remedy to calm my nerves was short lived when I began thinking of the intangible nature of these social networking services. Now don’t get me wrong here, my life would be entirely different were it not for Facebook and Skype. They have actually been the sole line of communication at times between my husband and I due to his service in the military. In addition, Facebook has led me to some of my closest friends here in Germany by directing me to an event where fate decidedly crossed our paths. I am forever grateful.
As you can see from the photo above, I recently decided to go back to an older form of communication: handwritten letters! I simply brought the idea up to a very good friend of mine back in the states and now we write to one another…snail mail style. The excitement I feel when I open my mailbox and see a hand addressed envelope from her is breathtaking. The anticipation I experience while I wait for her to say she received my letter is comparable to the seconds before someone unwraps the gift you just gave them.
Besides writing letters, I have given writing notes to friends a try. Remember when you nervously past folded high school notes palm to palm beneath the teacher’s nose? There isn’t any reason why you cannot do that with close friends today.
So…I urge you to begin writing letters. If not letters, then try writing notes. Here are some fun suggestions:
- Try remembering the different letter folds from high school. It’s fun to open an envelope and find your letter origami-style…makes you feel like someone just told you a juicy secret.
- Write notes on tiny pieces of paper and fold them into squares and slide them into matchboxes. ...a fun way to transport secret notes.
- I’ve started writing notes on coasters from my favorite bars/lounges
- Catalogues from places like Urban Outfitters or American Apparel are great letter notebooks. Instead of writing on blank paper…try writing your letters within the margins of these monthly catalogues. Sharpies work great to creatively edit the hipster photos on the pages…
- The artsy lobby cards that people usually ignore next to the bathrooms in clubs are great too. A lot of them are already set up as free post cards with room to address them to your friends and place stamps.
What are you doing still reading my blog??? Start writing a letter! ☺