You know what I love?

Well, there’s a whole laundry list of things…oddly enough, laundry isn’t on the list of things I love. Hm.

One thing that is on that list is a thoughtful, handwritten letter.

This one from my lovely friend Jessie

This one from my lovely friend Jessie

As a person who loves words and the meanings behind them, I feel especially loved when I get a letter in the mail. It far outweighs an email or Tweet or posting on Facebook.

This from my pen-pal Patti

This from my pen-pal Patti

A handwritten letter or note means that someone is willing to give a little of their time to swirl the letters on the page. They are making themselves a little more vulnerable than they do when typing. After awhile, the reader becomes familiar with the penmanship, knowing who wrote it without having to see the signature.

It’s an art that has long been neglected. It’s something I am working and resolving to bring back into my life.

I write a note for my daughter's lunch box every day. Sometimes I get a little silly. We're grammar nerds.

I write a note for my daughter’s lunch box every day. Sometimes I get a little silly. We’re grammar nerds.

Last night, my friend Kristy sent me a message. She told me that she was rereading a book she had in high school…almost 20 years ago (ouch….ouch…ouch). Between the pages she found a note from me…

Kristy, Where are you? My life is not worth living w/out you!
Come back soon because otherwise I will go even CRAZIER! I love you a lot, Sooze”

Neither of us can remember where Kristy went or how I got the note into her book (although, we didn’t have locks on our lockers…would that make them no-lock-ers?). However, we both got a smile out of her finding the note now. Years later. With many movies and career changes and life events.

19 years after I wrote that note, it still had power. Not because I wrote it. But because it captured our friendship, the love we still have for one another. We have history. I’ve known Kristy since 1st grade. The grade my daughter is in now (oh, wow…). If I could, I would thank 17 year old Susie for writing that note to Kristy. It reminded 36 year old Susie that she has a few letters to write today.

How about you? Do you handwrite letters? Who do you write to? Is there someone who might appreciate a letter from you? It’s so worth it!

ALSO, there are several beautiful books written in letter form or with snippets of letters within the chapters. One is Goodness & Mercy by Patti Hill. It is one of my favorite novels and is only $2.99 for Kindle and less than $12 for an honest to goodness paperback. Do yourself a solid and buy that book. 

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