I don’t believe it! The day I plan to write about the art of letter writing and my desire to bring it back I receive a handwritten welcome to the neighborhood card and letter in the post from some interested neighbors.
‘’We know that you are from the U.K. and that you compete in international athletics, and that you are a long jumper.” – an extract
I love receiving mail; actual real physical, in-my-hand, rip-open mail! None of this email click, skim-read and ignore or click and delete/mark as spam mail – I love the real stuff. Do you know what handwritten letters say to me? More than the content that they contain, I already feel love, kindness and respect. A handwritten letter speaks to me of a personal connection that you cannot have over a quick few typed paragraphs and easy-click ‘send’. I love and I thank God for the internet, email, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I love the idea of being more connected than ever. But as I also mentioned in a previous post, sometimes we truly do need to disconnect to reconnect; to be fully engaged.
And when I receive a handwritten letter, I know the person on the other end really has disconnected with the outside world and personally connected with me for those few minutes it took to write in pen a letter I will treasure.
Do you remember pen pals? I had a pen pal in Germany when I was growing up who I wrote to every few months. I always feel disappointed that we both did not maintain that connection. But I think we eventually got bored of writing by hand when computers and other distractions surfaced. And perhaps she moved. Or perhaps I moved home? Whatever happened, we disconnected. I can’t even remember her name…
But I have never even met these particular neighbors? I have met one or two others and the only words I ever said to them were: “Kristi isn’t home” or “I’ll let her know you stopped by.” So it is thoughtful that they wanted to make the effort to connect through this medium. Perhaps they stopped by and knocked on a handful of times with no response. Or perhaps they are old-fashioned and obviously not having my email nor mobile number chose to put a letter in the mailbox. Whatever the case, I greatly appreciate it. Their card and letter made me smile.
Who do you want to reconnect with today?
You may not have seen or spoken to that person for a long while, but they’ve popped into your mind. You may even have a new neighbor on your street who needs a special, personal welcome! Pick up a pen and paper and start writing! Or if you want to make it fancy, why not go to the store to pick up some lovely writing paper and envelopes. Show somebody your love and appreciation by sending an unexpected letter through the post! (Leave the email alone for today!) Who will you write to today?