Monday, April 16th: C’mon, you can do it. I double dare ya! N’s celebration is for NATIONAL CARD & LETTER WRITING MONTH. This technological age, ruled by w-w-w, has efficiency reigning supreme. Texting, instant messaging, emails, twitter and Facebook status updates; the digital age has us expecting instant communication born of a new era.
“What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters.
You can’t reread a phone call.”
An instant message or email is quick an efficient, but lacks the flavor and delight of a handwritten, postage stamped letter. Who does enjoy receiving an actual note in their mail box? Especially when the sender conveys personal sentiments, remembrances, or encouraging words, a letter can be a treasured surprise. A note or letter is something that can be pulled out and re-read time and time again.
What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.
April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. (Sponsored, of course, by the post office) I don’t mind spending forty-five cents to send a written piece of correspondence that is personal and tangible. Last month I was overdue in emailing a dear friend. I was so far behind, and had so much news to catch her up on; I sat down and wrote her a letter instead. And yes, it took a few days longer for her to receive, not mere minutes. But she was so surprised to get an actual letter that I got the nicest note back from her. It as worth the time and effort involved.
Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Celebrate life and celebrate your loved ones and friendships. Send them a note and tell them that you love them. Add a mention about what you find special about them. What funny, or touching, memories do you have of them that you will always treasure? Celebrate the month by taking a few moments to sit down and write a note, address it and stick a stamp on it. I think you’ll be surprised – and pleased- about the reception it gets.