This photo is my Week 9 entry to Project 52.
Do you remember a few weeks ago I wrote a post about how nice it is to receive a handwritten letter in the post, and how sad I am that it happens so rarely these days?
I was a bit overwhelmed by the lovely response to that post, and all the sweet comments I received on the blog. But I was even more touched a couple of days letter when I got another handwritten envelope through the mailbox. This one was also kinda chunky…
My sweet, kind and immensely talented new Englandshire friend Emily, whose blog posts and photography you can find over at The Startup Wife, had sent me a stash of letter writing goodies – beautiful notecards, patterned envelopes, heart-shaped paperclips… even some stickers!
It made me a bit teary-eyed, if I’m honest. It was such a thoughtful thing to do.
Tonight I have taken that little bit of handwritten love and paid it forward. I’ve finally made the time to sit down and write those letters that I’ve been promising people for months. I don’t have much new, or exciting, or interesting to say, but I’m trying to connect and to let my friends know that I care.
I had hoped to do it on holiday. I was going to send postcards. But when you find yourself on an island with no postal service, there’s not much you can do.
So tonight I have written letters. And it feels good. The words are all mine. The shoddy handwriting is all mine. The non-news is mine too.
But the inspiration – the beautiful cards, the nudge to sit down and do it, and the stickers (most importantly, the stickers!) – are Emily’s.
Thank you, new friend.
Old friends… let me know when they arrive.