Yes I am joining Tonia's lovely letter-writing group.
Don't you just love receiving hand-written letters and seeing the person's handwriting and hearing their hearts spilled out in real sentences and not in texted fragments??
When I receive a letter (which is very rare), I like to get a favorite drink, sit on the porch or in my bedroom chair, and savor every word. Dark chocolate with sea salt may or may not be involved.
And I re-read that letter over and over and over again. It almost feels new every time. I even seem to read things that I didn't really notice the first time around. It's even fun to find that letter again 6 months later and read it again...
When I lived in Eastern Europe for 2 years we didn't have email. I wrote tons and tons of lengthy letters almost daily. It was such a joy for me and when I received a dear friend's response I would live on a high for days!
We underestimate the power of words and encouragement. Words have the power to build up, to lighten, to give hope, to offer comfort, to make laugh, to make the reader feel known and loved.
We all could a whole bunch more of feeling known and loved and encouraged and cared for, right?
So pick up your favorite writing utensil, grab some paper or a notecard, and offer your words to a friend. If any of you would like to begin a pen-pal relationship of sorts with me, do email me your address and I'll send you mine.
"...women's letters talk. They are monologues, dialogues, diatribes: They are voices fixed on paper. Like women talking over the back fence, the telephone, the breakfast plates, or the business lunch, women's letters rarely just exchange information. Instead they tell stories; they tell secrets; they shout and scold,...whisper and worry, console and advise, gossip and argue, compete and compare. And along the way, they - usually without meaning to - write history."
~from Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present