Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Gift of a Letter

This morning I was up early, so I took the time to write a long letter to a new friend in Germany. I don't know her well, but she took a great deal of time over the last month or so to write to me a few times. I was happy to return a letter and carry on the conversation.

Over the past year, this blog has evolved a bit to one that was primarily focused on writing to one that explores art (mostly my own fledgling attempts) as well as correspondence and mail art, something which I have grown to enjoy more and more with each connection. The mail I receive is a gift of someone's time and time is something we seem to have less to give. Apropos of this sentiment and this seasoning of giving, here is a video courtesy of WestJet. I've heard of Mr. Farrer's letter project over the past year, but this video presents the story -- and the value of a letter -- beautifully. It's sentimental, yes, but I do think it demonstrates the value of a simple act and of caring.



I wish you all the best for the holidays and beyond. As my met-via-the-mail friend Pamela often writes, "See you in the mail."

3 comments:

PamelaArtsinSF said...

And we met in real life too! Happy Holidays -- and see you in the mail.

Tara Hammond said...

Letters are so special. It really is a gift of someone's time!

Adrienne Mason said...

Yes, we did Pamela. And was so nice, but too quick! (Plus, I was pretty overwhelmed by the XPF goodness.) Hopefully I'll make it to SF soon, perhaps in time to join a correspondence social!

And, yes Tara. I agree. Lovely to receive and I enjoy sending them too.