11.30.2011

Eye Candy: Gilded Treasures of the Heart

"What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters.  You can't reread a phone call."
 ~Liz Carpenter
There is absolutely nothing more comforting, I am sure, than to receive a handwritten sentiment in the mail from a dear friend or loved one. Writing letters with care...you know, hand selecting beautiful stationary, penning your thoughts carefully in beautiful script (not quickly scribbled chicken scratch), addressing it with care with the same beautiful penmanship and considerately selecting a matching stamp, sealing the back with a signet...is truly, and sadly, a lost art form. Thoughts and emotions and expressions of gratitude, thanks, love, and friendship are not expressed in this beautifully intimate way anymore and through a breakdown of communication in today's society all we will eventually have to show our grandchildren of friends and lovers past will be computer print offs of text messages, quick and unpunctuated emails, or IM convos totally void of such care, craft, passion, and basically emotional overtones in general (aside from the occasional :) or ;) symbol). The thought of this truly breaks my heart. I have forever been in love with the art of letter writing. From calligraphy to letterpress it all seems so romantic. I especially love the idea of penning someone a beautiful and sincere note on fancy gilded stationary. What a lovely way to express your truest thoughts and display your honest affections. I would probably sit down and cry if I ever received a hand written note from someone near and dear (or someone I hadn't seen in a while) on such exquisite paper- what a brilliant way to simply convey the importance that someone holds in your life.

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Inspired by such a beautiful paper
+ inspired by the wonderful people in my life
= time to get out my pen

Be courteous, be gracious, be honest, be thoughtful, be inspired by this paper "eye candy" today and don't let a second go by that the people close to you aren't reminded of how much you care
(tis the season after all!),

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