“A good handwritten letter is a creative act, and not just because it is a visual and tactile pleasure. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability, because handwriting opens a window on the soul in a way that cyber communication can never do. You savor their arrival and later take care to place them in a box for safe keeping.” Catherine Field
The postmark on the letter reads May 18, 1954. The familiar cursive handwriting is that of my Mother’s. The letter, written to her sister Helen, outlined an ordinary day in the life of my newly married parents. My cousin Carol found it while going through her mother’s belongings a few years ago and gave it to me as a keepsake.
There is something so hopelessly romantic about handwritten letters. As beautifully articulated in the quote above, it “opens the window to the soul” for both the sender and the receiver. In my opinion it is the most intimate form of communication and sadly, in this age of “fast and cheap”, it has become a lost art.
So I’m taking on a new 30 Day Challenge as a way of “Romancing the Ordinary”, a phrase Sarah Ban Breathnach so beautifully penned.
One letter or note a day to anyone of my choosing. That’s my goal.
My friend Kelly gave me the most beautiful notecards procured during her recent trip to Italy. I’ve always wanted a fountain pen and so I secured the loveliest green monogrammed pen to begin my journey of reconnecting with the art and romance of letter writing.
Perhaps tonight I will send one to my Mom…..
….. and tell her about my ordinary day.