When I was in high school I had a pen friend. We exchanged a few letters and got to know a little about one another through the words we shared.
After I had been married and even had children I also had a pen friend who lived in America. Pretty sure we met on a Creative Memories Forum online and soon we were exchanging mail and small gifts. We sent letters, photos, chocolate and love across the seas. Sure we could email one another, but it was way more fun to receive packages in the post! We drifted and our letters became more infrequent and our lives changed as our children grew and our pen friendship just sort of stopped. It was a little bit sad, and I often think of her and wonder how her children are.
Just recently I have joined in on a “Snail Mail Revival” community. I am having so much fun!!! I am sending and receiving letters, parcels and small gifts in the post. (Sometimes I am sure the postie knows I am stalking him!)
I gather. Every time I go the shops I look for small quirky (and light) items to add to my packages to send to my newly found pen friends. I can email them, send text messages, post photos and have a full conversation on Facebook, but it really is so much more meaningful when I send off a letter full of fun and laughter.
My Artisan program is actually coming in very very handy. I am making some of my cards and letter headers and printing them out on cartridge. I just think it makes it more personal if I make it myself. And I get to add mountains of washi tape to the parcels and items I make to ‘jazz’ them up a bit! I’m in craft heaven!
When was the last time you sat down and wrote someone a letter? Or posted a card to a friend just to say you are thinking of them? We live in an age where texting, emailing and social media have taken over the way we communicate. It’s instantaneous. It’s convenient. I use it 100%. BUT, I don’t want to loose the love of real snail mail. Pick up a pen. Lick a stamp. Head down to the post box. Send someone some love!
xx .. KA
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