April 15, 2013

The Power of Handwritten Notes

This post doesn't have any pretty pictures, or even a recipe. I am not even sure it has a purpose. It's simply about something that I love.

I love handwritten notes. They are like little pieces of someone that you can carry with you. Bits of history. Tokens of love and affection that don't even begin to compare to emails or re-tweets, or any other form of digital communication that bombards us on a daily basis.

Google search results tells us in a thousand different ways how important a hand-written note is for the post-interview follow-up, for doing business, or attracting donors to our worthy causes. In other words, it's a great way to get something we want. But what about a simple note just for the sake of a note? To let someone know that we love them, that we're thinking about them, that 'hey, you matter to me?'

There are a lot of different ways that we can share words with one another, and of all the wonderful things that can be handwritten, one of my most favorite of all is recipes. I have a shortbread recipe passed down from my great-grandmother, to my grandmother, and now to me. It’s written on a tiny 4x4 square piece of paper, and I have rewritten it in other places a dozen times to make sure that I don’t lose it, but the original is tucked away in my recipe drawer (yes drawer) for safe keeping.

That’s the power of the hand-written note. It’s the preservation of something so much more powerful than the words themselves. I'm not saying handwritten notes are going to save the world, but if you have the time, take an extra minute to write someone you love a little note. Let them know how much you care about them. Send a friend you haven't seen in awhile a cute little card or letter. I know they will love it!



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