I love snail mail! I have a folder that I keep special notes and cards in and I try to sit down once a month just to write letters to loved ones. If I see a greeting card that makes me think of someone, I refuse to let it remain just a thought. I buy it and send it. I like to write letters because I like to receive letters. With e-mail, text messages and social networks, it is not so common to receive hand written communication these days. Our rural and some smaller city post offices are closing up shop because of technology and the speed of it all. I am determined to keep someone in business, even if it is only once a month. I love to get my special folder out periodically to reminisce and to think about those who have taken time to write letters with pen in hand and with love in their hearts. I had that folder out tonight and I smiled inside as I read letters from friends and family. I laughed as I read a card from a friend with whom I have exchanged dry humor for more than 20 years. My heart sank, just a little bit, as I read a letter from a friend who passed away this past October. I also felt a sense of gratitude as I looked at her handwriting and imagined the hand that wrote each word. I came across a letter from my Aunt Lois Bernhardt thanking me for a gift of music that I had presented to the ladies of her church. Aunt Lois has been gone for a few years now and seeing her words somehow made her feel close once more. Then I laughed out loud as I read a post card that I received from Mike while we were dating and lived nearly 300 miles apart. His penmanship would rival that of a medical doctor, but I know his letters, every one of them, was written with love. As I held in my hands these letters, I became thankful that there are those who have not yet kicked pen and paper to the curb replacing them with the computer. Just as I began to get self-righteous about it all, I pulled from this box a letter from a dear friend in South Africa. I met Stevie G. via this same technology that I was beginning to criticize. Stevie took time to send a handwritten note and....some chocolate. Clearly the chocolate would not have translated nearly as well via e-mail.
I send a lot of e-mail every day for work and for personal purposes but there is nothing I enjoy more than getting a piece of mail hand-written with love. So my challenge to you this week is to get out your paper, pens and envelopes and write someone a letter.