That's right, handwritten. I think the most hand writing that any of us receive these days is in a greeting card. Many times, the card in itself is part of the gift, not because it cost almost as much as the gift but because someone stood there and went through the myriad of choices on display and chose one especially for you. If you are really lucky they might even have had the time and skill to make one. They then sat down and wrote a message, just to you.
Is it just people of a certain age who feel this way? I've watched so many cards just put aside carelessly by younger people in favour of going straight for the present. That is unless the present is inside the card in the form of a gift card.
All this sounds strange coming from someone who has newly discovered the joy of sitting down at a computer and writing a blog. For me the biggest thrill is when someone responds. Its like i made a connection. It could be a good one or a bad one, but i reached out and connected with someone and they responded. I often reflect on comments because i get to see my views and opinions from anothers perspective. I hope I'm not only sharing with others the joy of Living in The Land Of Oz but also making a connection with myself, clarifying my thoughts and sometimes just clearing the cobwebs.
For me the biggest gift of all is to know that someone, somewhere took the time to sit down and put pen to paper and write to me. It takes time, and effort not only to write but to then go out of their way to buy a stamp and then post it. What bigger commitment can there be to say "Hey, I'm thinking about you." Pretty special isn't it. No text, no tweet, no email but a hand written letter.
Coming home to find an envelope addressed to ME that doesn't have a plastic window is a thrill. One where i know the sender before i even opened it from the familiarity of the writing. So who sends me these special gifts? My big sister.
This sister (i have three) is very private, and she wouldn't like it if i posted a photo or mentioned her name. Nor would she like me even mentioning her full stop. So i will just say that i love her dearly and that she is a wonderful sister, mother, daughter, friend, work colleague ...... and is loved and respected by all (though she wont believe it).
So what does she write about. Things about her everyday life. Where she is writing the letter so i can imagine her there, things that have happened or are happening in my family that I might not have been told. My 83 year old mother often thinks she has told me things but hasn't. I think she's allowed a little grace given her age and having six kids to keep up with. My sister tells me what's going on in my home town so that i feel connected. Sometimes its just about the weather. It doesn't really matter about the content. She doesn't use fancy paper as that's not her way. Often she is sitting in the back yard balancing a pad on her knee and so its often not neat but who care, she is thinking of me
Is anyone writing to you?
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