Hand Written Cards

I have always loved hand written notes.  I remember going to my great grandfather's house and sifting through the collection of old letters and loving the history they contained.  I read love letters between my grandparents, letters about their childhood friends, letters sent during times of war and old grocery lists.  They contained energy, they described specific moments in time and because they were kept, these moments could live on as my eyes followed each pen stroke. 

My appreciating for the hand-written word evolved into my own love for creating personal cards and writing long messages stating love and gratitude for my family.  I would rework the words over and over to convey a perfect sentiment for each recipient.  My grandmother once called my card a work of art and I still find some of the classics I made for her when I was a child.  She has kept them all.  

Unfortunately, as my free time disappears, my hand written messages have been replaced with quick Hallmark purchases and I am afraid that I'm communicating with most of my loved ones through channels that can be easily discarded.  It's easy to delete a text or throw away a card with a generic message that contains only a hand written signature.  It is far more difficult to throw away a blank card, filled with heart felt words or a love letter written on a napkin.  Receiving a hand written message is rare and something to be cherished. 

Last week I visited this stationary shop and was inspired to purchase cards to send to some people I love the most.  Specifically, I wanted to write Bryan a special message for his first Father's Day so that if Wally ever sees this card in the future he can read my hand-written words conveying my love for his father.  Bryan always makes fun of the importance I put on cards but I was raised to believe that it's the thought that counts and while anyone can go to the store and purchase something, it's rare for someone to write their feelings.  

I challenge you to write a letter today and often, so that your moments in history can be experienced by generations in the future.