We get our mail at the post office, in a little box of our own. Some days there’s nothing, some days there’s worse than nothing – things I take home to trash. And some days, once in a while, there is a card or a letter, from someone who loves me, who prays for me before I even ask.
Alexandra Stoddard wrote a book whose title says it all: The Gift of a Letter. Yes, I buy books by authors with whom I see eye to eye, who don’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. Why? Because they remind me of things I may have misplaced. Important things, like say, cards and letters.
Your friends will agree with me – a card or a letter is a treat, a tangible and forever treasured proof of love. Not so a generic one-size-fits-all notice on Facebook.
You can cheat like I do. Type all the news and print it out before tucking it into a card with just a few hand-scribbled words. You can even cut and paste parts of e-mails and print them. Add in a comic strip you cut out of the newspaper, a dried flower or sticker, a great quote, the name of a good book you just read, or a picture of you looking your worst so they’ll feel better. Ask them how they are and what is new and what their kids/friends/dogs are up to.
If this all seems like a bit much, just do the prep for now. Copy these words as a model – you’ll recall this from childhood: Dear Buddy, How are you? I am fine. Love, Me. P.S. Write back soon. Into a drawer or a basket or even a bowl, put your model along with your address book (when you find it), paper, envelopes and a couple of pens. When you buy stamps (pretty ones!) put some of those in, too.
Now, the next time someone is on your mind do them two incredible favors: Say a prayer for them, and send them the gift of a letter. You have plenty to say: You were on my mind; I said a prayer for you; Love, Me. P.S. Please write back soon, I’m enclosing my stamped and addressed envelope with paper inside. P.P.S. I’ll send you a pen if yours are all out of ink – I just bought some new ones!