Writing letters is one of my favorite things to do. Getting letters comes in a close first, or second, depending. While email and messaging has the immediacy of time, there's a different sort of immediacy and a beautiful sort of intimacy that comes with ink on paper. Letters bridge gaps in time and distance, drawing hearts and minds close.
I've always loved the story of two famous (and perhaps literary) lovers in the late 19th/early 20th century who would write each other love letters from their separate studies across the hall from one another. Perhaps it was just the early form of texting, but that is not the parallel I'd hoped to draw! It seems to me from time to time that there's a sort and a depth of expression that comes through differently, or perhaps that we have trained ourselves to access differently, in the written word than in the spoken. And when that is coupled with the tactile experience of paper or cardstock, the energetic imprints of distant places that the paper carries with it. Molecules transferring through time and space, bundled into form, imbued with thought and attention.
I love it.
Besides which! There's so many pretty papers and cards! And so much opportunity to make a collage/paper crafting card to send.... this may or may not be one of my next projects...
Do you write or receive letters? Postcards?