Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Lost Art Of The Handwritten Note
On my journey last year, I took a watercolor set with me and started to paint each campsite view from the picnic table in small postcard size papers. That lasted about 3 campsites. I then bought some beautiful postcards with our national parks to send and, you guessed it...I still have them. However, I did buy some watercolor cards for kids in Yellowstone, painted them and sent them to a few friends. That was the extent of sending a hand written note in the mail.
I've received a few emails from people that have stumbled upon my site and I am thankful for each and every one of them. I try to respond to each one and I think I have done just that. Thank you for reaching out to me. Recently, I received a note from a woman in Colorado named Maggie who loves nature and the outdoors (just like I do!).
She wrote: "I am a 38 year old woman FULL of adventure in Colorado. However, I have been sidelined since this August. I woke up with some crazy foot pain that has now spread into both feet and hands. My husband and I are lovers of the great outdoors--my husband actually builds hiking trails for a living! We spend our summers in a tent, on mules, in the woods, loving each other and life. Well, now my days are filled with doctor visits, frustrations, scary nerve diseases being mentioned! ( I have a big old bad nerve biopsy scheduled for next Thursday in Denver!) and some feelings of hopes dashed."
In our world of texting, emailing and doing everything as fast as possible, we often forget to slow down and take the time to visit with a friend without a phone, or sit down to express our feelings on paper. I know I plan to send more postcards on my travels this year...I will make a goal of it.
In the meantime, Maggie would love to receive a note from you to hear about your travels and adventures. Since it's probably not a good idea to throw out her mailing address out on the web, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to say hi. I hope you do.
Make someone's day today...send a note to let them know you are thinking of them.