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Good Morning, All!

I hope that wherever you are, that you are all comfortable and feeling well. (I’m thinking about a writer/friend in Minnesota. She’s been cold for a while, now. I’m thinking about my mom in Puerto Rico, who is probably warm, but still without electricity.)

Do you want to know what other kind of writing I love? Letters! I love writing letters to family members and friends. Even more so, I love getting them back.

It is a lost art, I think. E-mails, texts, phone calls, and social media have replaced the purpose – and desire – to do so.

I love writing letters to friends and family. I love picturing them at their mailboxes, eyes glazed over as they review the grocery store circulars, bills, and other non-solicited pieces of mail they might get. I imagine the smile that comes over their faces as they see an envelope with handwritten sender and receiver addresses on it. If they are like me, they wait to get through all of their junk mail before they read their personal mail. (Maybe they are slightly disappointed over the fact that there isn’t any money with their cards, lol.)

There is much joy to be had even in the writing materials selection process. When I go to the post office to buy stamps, I am sure to look at all of their stamp offerings. I buy the ones that are pretty, and not holiday affiliated (I don’t like sending Christmas stamps in March.) I print out address labels (mine). I have a special fountain ink pen I use, and in my preferred ink color (blue). I buy stationary from stationary stores, or from Amazon.

Writing with the best, happiest tools makes the writing a reward in itself, which is a must for me, as I rarely ever get replies. (Except from the awesome Laine, Ilani, Evelyn, and Jessica). But when I do get letters from them, I get so happy!

Here are my writing tools:

Address books matter, too! I write addresses in pencil, as those can change pretty frequently.

So, give writing a letter a shot. Reach out to that person you’ve been meaning to speak to in a while. While they might duck a phone call or take their time to respond to a text, they will welcome your letter.

 

Cyndia Rios-Myers

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