I adore hand-written letters.
Fortunately I have a dear friend who writes from the
UK, and another from . When an envelope arrives with a spattering of colored stamps I am instantly giddy. And it is not just the unique packaging with its mysterious contents. There is always a surprise in the writing itself. The words create a visual of a life being lived somewhere else, where the seasons are different and everything is slower and clearer. There’s always a little turn of phrase that reminds me of the author and makes me see what they are seeing, just for that moment. Or a beautifully printed word is used, one that barely makes an appearance in our daily conversation. Canada
I also love letters from other people’s worlds, those that reveal a little about a person who has so much to say to the world, even as they are directing their words to one individual – as can be seen in this letter from a father to a son about what to do when one has fallen in love. It is written in 1958 and the father who penned this romantic advice is John Steinbeck. Hopefully it will leave you with the same impression of nostalgia and awe that it left me with.
Not only is the letter a fanstastic discovery, so is the website that hosts it – Letters of Note. I think I could spend hours there.