The importance of writing Thank You notes.
Handwritten words are much lovelier than stoic typed sentences with perfect spacing and no room for error, thanks to spell check and icky basic sans serif fonts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t enjoy quickly typing out my thoughts without pausing for hand cramps and trying to remember my train of thought. In fact, words are much easier to purge when you can speedily and numbly move your fingers without even looking at where they are going. It just spills out on the white screen in front of you and you keep getting blinded by the mix of harsh black and white that blurs together the longer you stare. This, my friends, is the perfect excuse for using your tired little fingers to draw out thoughts and beauty and magic. Handwritten.
Okay… so maybe some of you scribble notes in class with a blue pen in hopes of remembering every little detail. This is not the joy I am referring to when I speak of handwritten. I really do loathe how slow it takes to write down every little detail of class even if I do think it will help me remember it for the test (it does though, I promise). Here are my happy ideas for written words.
1. Vow to write those thank you letters you have been meaning to send out. Seriously, these letters mean more than you think. I know sometimes I worry that my letters never actually reach the person, but remember that thank you letters are very rarely responded to. And that is part of the joy. Do it and do not expect anything in return.
2. Scribble down your favorite scrumptious recipes and share it with family and friends. Recipes are much more fun to follow when they are stained with vanilla and sticky hands. It gives you a little taste of what to expect before getting yourself mixed in the messy process of baking or cooking.
3. Write down your favorite words. Be kind.
4. Write down the words you keep forgetting. Whether it be to strengthen your vocabulary or simply studying the concept you just seem to not be able to remember. Write it down, again and again until you’ll never, ever, forget it.
5. Send a note to a friend. It can be a post it note or a 3 page letter. Just let them know you care.
6. Keep a day planner. Yes, I use my calendar in my phone, but I also enjoy scribbling in my Lily Pulitzer day planner as well. It’s pink and green… my happy colors.
7. Make lists. It’s my favorite activity, in case you couldn’t tell.
And Voila… it’s simple and easy and delightful. It can be superfluous, flawed, or discombobulated… but who cares. Embrace it.
Goodnight, Sleep tight,
p.s. these are my sleepy words. i’ll leave my editing for tomorrow when I am alive and awake.