Following the flurry of activity during the holidays come the quiet January days.
We at last have time to sit down, relax, and do other things with our free time.
Many of us still prefer to pen thank-you notes in gratitude for lunches, dinners,
parties ~ as well as gifts.
There are few better ways to convey to family and friends appreciation and good
manners than sending a hand written note or letter.
Finding a hand addressed envelope in the mailbox, or on the doormat, tucked between
bills and mass mailings, will certainly cheer up the dullest day.
The words we write are always important, but the choice of card, quality of paper,
color of ink, type of pen, all contribute to a beautifully penned message, making
the recipient feel special because someone took the time to correspond this way.
C. Coles Phillips. Magazine Cover - 1910
Charles Dana Gibson - "Yes or No" - 1905
George Goodwin Kilburne - "Penning A Letter" (date unknown)
Despite many an hour spent on a computer in these modern times, e-mailing
and blogging to keep in touch with family and friends, I still enjoy sending a
hand written note or card when appropriate.
I love the smoothness of the paper as my pen moves across, signing my name,
folding and tucking the page into the crisp envelope waiting to be addressed and sealed.
Choosing a colorful stamp for the upper corner is always fun, then adding a personalized
return address label to complete something perhaps old-fashioned to some, maybe
too time consuming for others, but hopefully appreciated by the recipient.
How do you feel about hand written notes or letters, and hand writing in general?
Do you still do it, enjoy it, or have you given it up and stick to the keyboard?