I'm a lover of classical things. I love vintage clothes, but am too cheap to purchase the nice kind of vintage stuff and too inpatient to dig through goodwill stores or second hand stores looking for that rare find. I love vintage fabric- one of these days I'm going to make myself a quilt using only retro fat quarters to piece together a "happy" quilt. O.k. back to topic at hand- letters.
Letter writing is something that can be personal, professional, political and proper etiquette. I had put as one of my goals of 2013 to write a letter each week. I'm doing good so far. I've fallen onto reading about the formality of writing letters and also about other's letters in the process.
I'm not always the most succinct person- big surprise. I know with the nickname "chattynatty" that does not yell "succinctness". So letter writing allows me to enjoy creative writing while communicating at the same time and for the most part if you ramble on and on in a letter and write (physically) as hard as I do your hand will let you know enough has been written and start to cramp and send a message to your brain saying "enough already". So on my letter writing journey I'll share with you words of wisdom I've found about writing letters.
Nina Sankovitch (Tolstoy and Purple Chair- author) wrote in her blog the following...
" Letters cover everything from love to war, finances to religion, child rearing to grave site planning. Letters offer connection between writer and reader. Letters are a unique window into human experience. And letters, while not 'dead' are most definitely an endangered species... The conclusion at which I've arrived after my year of reading letters and a lifetime of reading and writing letters is that the writing and sending of a letter is an incredibly brave and beautiful act."
First off I wish I could write that beautifully! There are two parts I really, really like above... " letters offer connection between writer and reader... writing and sending of a letter is an incredibly brave and beautiful act." Maybe I want to think that I'm being brave and beautiful in this year of writing letters.
P.S. (no pun intended) Fall 2013 Nina has a book about letters coming out that "explores the beauty and value of letter writing". You can bet I'll be getting that one as it comes off the shelf.