Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Snaptshot

To some of you who have come to my blog via  " Saturday Snapshot"  you might be wondering--what the heck?
I agree, most of the pictures associated with Saturday  Snapshot  are beautiful landscapes of vacations we've taken,  beautiful pictures of people we love, beautiful pictures of crafts we've made, places we've been, things we've done.

I love all those pictures!!  But this week.....

......well, let me backtrack just a bit please.
I used to be a prolific letter writer.  I love writing letters to friends.  I love receiving a letter in the mail.   It puts a smile on my face.  Going out to the mail box and finding a real live letter---well, let me tell you--I run back into the house and make myself wait just a bit  (okay, sometimes I rip them open on the way back into the house, I won't lie...)  kind of as if the letter is a reward for something I have to finish.   
In a letter I just got from my friend Georgann, she wrote to me,  "I saved the first letter, waiting for a quiet time to visit with you. No time for tea or wine--I did try to put that all together--your letter, tea and solitude, but the tea never happened."

See?  A reward!  She saved my letter for a time to visit with me.
I LOVE THAT!    It makes me happy too.

I sent 38 letters out to friends  during the first of September.  I was beginning an old hobby that I loved and had neglected for so long.
Once email came around people  slowly stopped writing at all.   It slowed way down with telephones--but cell phones, making calling anyone, any time, any where as easy as pie, virtually stopped letter writing all together.
Of those 38 letters sent out I received a few notes back, so in late September I did it again.... I sent out to those same 38 friends and I added a few and guess what began to happen?  More letters started trickling in.

This past week, I got a letter in the mail every day!
1 on Monday
1 on Tuesday
1 on Wednesday
4 on Thursday
1 on Friday
1 on Saturday

Me and my friends!  We're gonna save the United States Postal Service!  (yes, I'm laughing)

It's just fun for me..... something I love to do.
So.... this week, I am going to leave you with a picture of those 9 letters that are waiting to be answered as my   Snapshot for today.
They  are beautiful to me.    A dying art they are!

oh....and this quote from a book I have and was re-reading:

“I write letters for myself, because it makes me feel good. I could spend that time doing all the things I should be doing, like defrosting the refrigerator, but I’d rather sit down, calmly and try to connect with someone I care about, someone I don’t want to lose in the busy bustle of things.”

From The Pleasures of Staying in Touch by Jennifer Williams
Saturday  Snapshot is hosted by Alyce from  At Home With Books.
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Beautiful, beautiful letters from this week.....   (I have check marks on the ones I've answered.   And yes, I do know what a dork I am.  Do you know, I also can't throw them away?   They are bundled, chronologically, in ribbons, in boxes in my attic.    Okay, upstairs closet of the spare bedroom.... attic just sounds so much more romantic)
I think  YOU should surprise an old friend with a handwritten (or at least typed out on the computer) letter this week.  It will put a smile on their face, believe me!


Alyce said...

That is so neat! I love getting letters in the mail but stopped sending them for the most part in college because of email.

bermudaonion said...

Kudos to you! There's not much better than a letter in the mail!

gautami tripathy said...

I loved this! I still write letters to a few friends who don't use email.

Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

Louise said...

I did wonder at your picture- but now I think it's great. I got a hand written note from a friend a week or so ago- it really made my day. You have so much joy sitting there.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

How wonderful! I use to love exchanging letters as well and had lots of penpals in my younger days....such fun.

Thanks for your expression of sympathy at the loss of our cat Libby:(

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Bev Hankins said...

I think that's great! You're right, there's nothing like getting a hand-written letter or note. I've still got boxes of letters that are important to me in one way or another. It's hard to get that sentimental over an email.

Here's my snapshot:

~Jess said...

that is awesome! particularly that your friends actually respond to you!

Karen said...

Really nice post! And I guess I'd better write back! :)

Mexico in my kitchen said...

This is so cool. I definitely will appreciate a real letter in the mail than and email.

Just thinking about it makes me happy.



Suey said...

So cool! I hope this is what happens with this letter challenge, but I won't be surprised if it doesn't, know what I mean?

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