Send some happy is a blog collaboration with Zoe at Zoeprose and me and really just a way to encourage us all to send more happy post! Be on the look out for encouragements to write snail mail, pen pal letters, postcards, parcels and all sorts of surprises the old fashioned way. Join in by using the hashtag #sendsomehappy and be a part of the snail mail loving community!
In the last few hours of February, (perhaps a month of love?) late on my blog posting as usual, I’d like to reflect on love letters. In many ways, any handwritten, personal letter with news and good wishes is a love letter. Love letters can be non-romantic, or gushy as you please.
Traditional love letters, for me, conjure images of lovers who have been separated by many miles, in an age long before there were mobile phones or Skype. For some reason war seems prominent; the soldier reading his love’s words greedily by candle light.
I remember having a conversation with my mum about letters years ago, and she said the best thing about them is that they can be kept, and brought out to be read again and again, especially when someone is far from home. I suppose in that case a letter was literally a little piece of home. Knowing this paper was held by someone you love and the words were formed by a hand that held yours perhaps long ago. A spray of perfume or a smudge of lipstick could increase the romance, and raise a smile of familiarity.
Recently I was directed towards this great article from Buzzfeed: 15 Tips for Writing an Amazing Love Letter. I don’t agree with 100% of it, and I wish they had included the text for some of the harder-to-read letters! But I do believe that everyone can benefit from receiving (or writing) a love letter.
My boyfriend (who’s still nice and new ;) ) has been forced to give up a shoebox to store all the notes, cards and letters I post him, and/or hide in his room. Being the writer-y type I know he appreciates them. But even the hardest man in Derry couldn’t help smiling at a little note from his girl to say how much she loves him!
There’s something about seeing your other half’s handwriting express, however awkwardly their feelings for you, that just melts your heart. Love letters: for anyone who loves. I’d say mothers would very much appreciate a letter of love. As would a best friend who may be having a tough time, or a sibling who you haven’t seen in much too long.
To quote the Buzzfeed article: “People love to know how loved they are,” Samara O’Shea, author of For the Love of Letters: A 21-st Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing. And that desire is timeless. O’Shea says a love letter is “what will last, what will be remembered.”
To finish: my #sendsomehappy challenge this time is for you to send a little love letter to someone who means a lot to you. It will make you and them happy inside and maybe it will become a tradition ! Did you ever receive a beautiful love letter?