My Birthday Gift to Me

When I was in grade school I had over 30 'PenPals'. I received almost 3 letters a day! Needless to say I was a prolific writer/conversationalist. Up to this year, I had saved every letter. As a project for my eighteenth birthday, I mailed hundreds of letters back that I'd received. Those letters contained girlish dreams, likes and dislikes, experiences and challenges from each friend growing up. It was an incredible opportunity for me to give those memories back. It was also a way for me to reconnect with some friends from the past, and thank them for the happiness they had brought me. Those childish scrawls were first important to me because of the relationship they established, and they're now cherished because they provide each friend with a link to the past. Those friends had blessed me while growing up, and I was able to do the same for them by returning a piece of their childhood.

My birthday gift I gave myself, was the chance to say thanks. We all have people that should hear that, and more often too.What better time than on your birthday??

The Lost Art of Writing Letters

The Lost Art Abigail Adams Letter to John Adams ~ Dec 23, 1782

...should I draw you the picture of my heart it would be what I hope you would still love though it contained nothing new. The early possession you obtained there, and the absolute power you have obtained over it, leaves not the smallest space unoccupied. 

I look back to the early days of our acquaintance and friendship as to the days of love and innocence, and, with an indescribable pleasure, I have seen near a score of years roll over our heads with an affection heightened and improved by time, nor have the dreary years of absence in the smallest degree effaced from my mind the image of the dear untitled man to whom I gave my heart.” 

Flowery, poetic language, scented stationary, wax seals, calligraphy, and beautiful signatures are now quite vintage. They have all but disappeared, and been replaced by efficient, constant communication. Although our primary mode of communication is no longer from quill pens and parchment paper, we can still write beautiful letters. Letters can provide tangible evidence of our love, care, and appreciation like the eloquent one above. They can also be fun notes just adding sunshine to someone's day. Regardless of the tone or content, handwritten letters have a special quality to them. They speak of thoughtfulness, and intention. What a beautiful way to say "I love you, and I care"