Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Power of the Pen

by Mary Kennedy
                                                             
 
You've got mail!! Electronically speaking, of course. But what happened to old-fashioned letter writing?  Why not drop a quick note to tell someone you had a lovely time at their dinner party, or that you really appreciate that basket of fresh basil they left at your front door? Maybe just a few lines to let them know that you are so sorry they are going through a tough time and that you hope things will be better soon? What if you didn't send your message electronically but you sent it (gasp!) by pen and paper? Would it matter? Would the sentiments be any sweeter, the words any more meaningful?
                                                             
 
I say, "Yes!" I think everyone appreciates a hand-written note, even more so nowadays when so few people bother to take the time and trouble. You don't need fancy notecards (although these can be nice, especially if they are related to your friend's hobbies or interests.) I buy interesting cards when I come across them, knowing that someday I will have the perfect occasion to use them!
 
 
But the thought is truly what counts! Your friends will be grateful that you took a few extra minutest to connect with them and their day will probably be a little brighter. (Who knows? Maybe yours will be too!) Do you ever write notes to your friends and family?
 
Mary Kennedy 
 
 
 

13 comments:

Lynda said...

I don't write letters, but I do send cards with notes in them fairly often. Not just birthdays or other formal occasions. but also sometimes just a "Thinking of You" card. I try to always do my "Thank Yous" by card rather than email. I personally really enjoy getting something in the mail that isn't bills, so I figure other people probably feel the same way. And then there's the fact that I could easily be a greeting card addict. I can spend hours in the store, browsing through cards. I often buy them for later, because they are perfect for a person or event. The only problem with that is that I too often forget that I bought the card, or forget where I put it. But it's the thought that counts, right? :-)

mary kennedy said...

Hi Lynda, we are kindred spirits! I do the same thing--I have a stash of lovely cards (somewhere!). But can I find them when I want them? Of course not! So I have to go out and buy another one. Thanks for stopping by, my friend.

Ramona said...

A while back, I bought a set of note cards from a local artist, depicting scenes from around the state (Delaware--hi, Mary!) Now I try to send those to out of state colleagues and/or friends. I always get a response back that it was such a nice surprise.

mary kennedy said...

That's a great idea, Ramona! My husband's relatives always send him cards from the UK with beautiful scenes from Yorkshire--brings back nice memories for him. I think people really do appreciate getting cards.

debi o'neille said...

I no longer send long letters, but I do write cheerful little messages on notecards to my aunt and uncle. I enjoyed your post, and I'm glad to be a new follower.
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

Laurie Fancy said...

I love to send a pretty card when the need arises. My sister and I live about 300 km away from each other and I often drop her a card in the mail -- just to say "hello" or "thinking of you". We both work outside the home, have kids at home and on their own, so we're always busy. It's nice to take 5 minutes and scribble a few thoughts down on paper. I really treasure those kind words and it really makes my day when I get one! We also try to set aside an hour (or two!) to phone each other every week, but sometimes time gets away from us... A nice card reminds us that the other is thinking of her.

mary kennedy said...

debi, that's a great idea! Thank you so much for stopping by! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

mary kennedy said...

That is great that you have such a wonderful relationship with your sister--I'm an only child and I envy you! Love the idea that you connect through cards and phone calls. Thanks for stopping by!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a lovely post, Mary! I just got a letter from a friend and it means a lot.

XO

MJ

mary kennedy said...

Hi MJ, thanks so much for stopping by!

Melanie Backus said...

I think the written word is so special so I make it a point to sent cards with written messages enclosed. When my three grandchildren were born, I wrote them letters, framed them, and they are displayed in each of their rooms. I feel like one day, all my children and grandchildren , maybe even great grandchildren will have to remember me are pictures and the words I have left them with. I know I would treasure a letter from my grandmother if I had one.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

mary kennedy said...

Melanie, that is a fantastic idea, thanks so much for haring it! Your children and grandchildren will treasure them.

Aurian said...

Nope, I just can't find the time to go to the postoffice or bookstore to buy a stamp and a card. Sending an email or sms is much quicker, and I won't forget that for weeks.