Can’t you hear your grandparents reminiscing about waaaaaay back when, when mail contained more than notices that ‘you too can reduce your mortgage payment by half’ and bills? They wax poetic about when they looked forward to checking the mail and actually finding (ta-da!) a letter.
With only one week of April left, there is still time to celebrate National Card and Letter Writing Month.
The main complaint about letter writing is that it’s hard. Really? The Daily Cupcake begs to differ. Digging a fence post hole or passing a kidney stone is hard. Letter writing? Not so much.
For one, it requires using stationery! Since a letter is a form of communication and creativity, the paper on which it is written should say something about its author. Jacqueline Kennedy chose pale blue stationery from Tiffany Co. Presidents, royals and other masters of the universe choose official letterhead.
For the rest of us mere mortals, there are lots of great designs and colors to choose from, like this so-cute-I-can’t-believe-it’s-recycled-paper set from Mudlark Papers or this Liberty of London for Target set.
For those intimidated by having to write something. Really? Why be intimidated? Look at what you have done. You’ve taken the time to hand write someone a letter. You put a stamp on it. You delivered it to the mailbox. Out of the blue, it arrived to your loved (or at least liked) one. Do you really think that person is going to grade your effort? (If the recipient is in fact a teacher, rest assured most teachers are off-duty when they read their mail.
If the recipient is that much of a Eeyore [see April 24 post for details], maybe pick a well-wishing card and just sign it.)
In the era of email, texting, and Twitter, what should a snail mail letter say? Think of it as a one-sided conversation. Ask questions about the recipient; tell a recent story about yourself. Keep it kind and don’t stress about length.
Like gift-giving, it is the thought that counts. And we all want to be thought of.