Spreading joy and love through a hand-written letter is one of my favorite ways to let people I love know I am thinking about them. Using snail-mail, the lost art, is an easy way to tell those you love, hello.
I suppose I have always loved to write. And, I think I have always liked to share a piece of my heart in my writing.
What better way than to write someone a hand-written letter?
For years, I would write my grandmother, weekly. I rarely received a note back from her, and that never mattered. I knew how much she appreciated the correspondence.
Perhaps, I was meant to live in a different time when there weren’t cell phones? (oh, wait—I did!)
In my writings, I would tell Grandma Edie about my life and my kids. I would send her pictures of them regularly. I think I got just as much out of writing to her as she did receiving them. When I visited her, she would have the pictures I sent displayed throughout her home.
I have always enjoyed buying notecards and pretty pens and paper. I always have a stash in my office. The pretty stuff is half the fun.
I also wrote hand-written letters to my Grandfather and to my husband’s Granny. I had lots of sweet pen pals—even if it was one-sided. The amount of time it took me to write out those cards and letters was nothing in comparison to what it meant to them.
When I was young, I had a real pen pal. She lived in Ohio. We never met but it was so fun to write to her, and get to know her. As a child, the anticipation of running to the mailbox in hopes of finding a letter from my far-away friend was extremely exciting. (actually, it is still exciting as an adult, isn’t?) I remember my teacher set it up in class as a project. The teacher matched us up and exchanged our addresses.
Perhaps that is what started my love of writing letters?
When my oldest daughter left for college, I began writing her, once a week. She went to Texas Tech University, six hours away from us. Too far for this mom. I started sending her cards in the mail to let her know we loved her. And missed her. We spoke often and texted daily but I thought getting weekly a hand-written letter from home would be more special. I continued this letter-love the entire time she was in school. And, I continued the habit four years later, when my youngest daughter moved the same six hours away. My son went to college twenty minutes from us, at Baylor University. He only received one or two notes in the mail. Being a boy and living so close to home, I didn’t spoil him with snail-mail.
When I learned of the “random love letter” challenge on Instagram, I immediately signed up. How much fun would this be for someone who already likes to send love in the mail?
My friend, Olivia, is co-hosting this challenge and I am having so much fun participating in this joyful giving on notes. Read all about the challenge here.
In the month of July, you write a note of encouragement, daily, leave it somewhere, anywhere, in public, in hopes that someone will find it, someone who might really benefit from the thoughtful gesture. You write the hashtag somewhere on the note- #randomloveletter -and hope the right person finds it. So far, I have left the random notes all over Waco, including Sam’s, Lowes, Target and in the bathroom of a pie shop. I have loved leaving the notes and I get excited thinking about the person who finds it.
I also get a bit nervous about the act of secretly leaving the notes somewhere in the store. I feel like a spy. A joy spy.
Once again, I am probably getting more out of leaving the secret notes for people I don’t even know. I certainly don’t get to see the reaction when they pick up the anonymous random love letter.
Is it be someone who has had a bad day? Will it be someone down on their luck? Will it be someone who rolls their eyes at my attempt to make someone smile?
Ahhh, perhaps that is the person who needs encouragement the most?
I wrote about sending notes to loved ones in the mail, in February, and the random love letter challenge has me thinking about how important it is to keep this time proven art of writing letters alive with today’s generation. This technical age of phone-loving-texting-social-media lovers in this generation could benefit from some old-fashioned hand-lettering. (I am talking to myself when I write that!)
Another example of my love-letter writing is when Mark and I were dating, thirty-one years ago, before texting, email, before cell phones. (I told you I lived in that other time!) We talked on the phone once a day and that was expensive. We lived two hours away from each other and we were only together on the weekends. So we wrote. Everyday. We wrote a hand-written love letter to each other everyday. Everyday that we weren’t together. Four days a week, we each received love in the mail. We took advantage of USPS.
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How can you spread joy using a hand-written note or letter? When was the last time you sent someone you love a piece of your heart in the mail? (And I am not talking about Christmas cards!) Try it today. Perhaps, just maybe, you will be the one who benefits most?
I hope for you some happy mail today and I also hope you will take this large hint and get to writing!
Love and blessings~dd
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