Saturday, May 8, 2010

The pen is mightier than the sword

Or, in this case, the keyboard.

Pens are wonderful things....they seem to draw something out of us in ways that keyboards and computers cannot.

Pens have written some of the most touching lines of poetry, they have inked their way across the pages of time to bring us Shakespeare, Beethoven and the Bible.

Pens, I believe, are something that has been lost in today's world of instant messages, e-mails and video chats.

What I miss about pens is the wonderful letters you can write.

Who can forget the delicious decadence of opening your mailbox and finding a letter inside?

A letter is a special treat. You find yourself curling up in your favorite chair; a smile crossing your lips as you slowly tear the envelope and you thrill at the rustle of the papers folded within.

A letter is an experience to be savored by all of the senses.

A letter is something that you can touch and smell (especially if it has been lightly misted with a favorite perfume). It brings you closer to the person who writes it in the scratches of the pen as it moves across the page and in the lipstick kisses your mother sends along with every cherished note.

A letter is a lost art form in today's society, something I would like to change.

I was straightening up my desk space the other day and found my stationery box....a box that has sat beneath my desk through my last several moves. The one I have filled with blank note cards, handmade paper, seals and sealing wax along with a veritable rainbow of gel pens. Further digging in a cubbyhole dug up a book-and-a-half of stamps....

Hmmmmm, what to do, what to do?

I decided I would write a letter....not just any letter but your letter.

A letter that will find it's way to you to be discovered, tucked amongst the bills and junk mail that will (one hopes) brighten your day.

Just comment at the end of this post and I will send you a handwritten letter, card or postcard. I will write to anyone who posts, whether I know you or not. If you think I may not have your address, feel free to email it to me at

After all, I wouldn't want any hiccups on the road to penning my new pal...

My pen is ready.....are you?


Danielle said...

I'm with you...there's nothing like a letter...

mywest said...

Letters are great and I should do more of them. My phone has become mightier than my pen...after a day of work sitting down and writing a letter would be a chore. Perhaps I will try it but for only a short note.....

Yancy said...

I'm horrible at writing letters. But wouldn't mind being on the receiving end of helping you put some of that stationery to use. :)

Drop us a line.

Corine said...

Oh... now here's an offer I'm not fool enough to refuse! ;D I LOVE LETTERS!

Nice post. Hope all is well for you!

leah z said...

Can I post on behalf of someone else? My brother B is on a mission, and he loves getting letters and postcards. (Postcards are actually great because he doesn't have to wait until the evening to read them.)

Here's his address:
Elder Brandt Elison
2619 Laurel Street #12
Napa, CA 84559

Love you!