Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Day 49, February 18

Hand-written notes are as rare as hen's teeth these days. (Don't you love that expression--hen's teeth?  I learned it from my mother, who probably learned it from her mother.)  With email, texting, instagram, Facebook, and a host of other social media keeping us in touch, who has time for a hand-written note, carefully folded into an envelope, and sent through the mail?

I do.

Though I love the ease of email and other forms of instant communication, I also love to send and to receive cards.  Even in the 1850s, when letter writing was a common place activity, the arrival of a letter or card could still cause wonder and delight.

Upon receiving a note from a friend, Emily Dickinson wrote, " ... which came on Saturday night, when all the world was still; thank you for the love it bore me, and for its golden thoughts, and feelings so like gems, that I was sure I gathered them in whole baskets of pearls."  This extraordinary woman and poet expresses what I'd like to say when I receive a card or letter in the mail.

Joy for today:  finding beauty in hand-written words.


  1. Thanks for sending all the hand written notes to me and my mother. We both love them.

  2. I'm sure your friends and family love that you still believe in hand written things.