Monday, September 6, 2010

stacks and stacks...


i'm still organizing.

what does this have to do with cards you ask?
even if you aren't asking...i'm asking.
i have stacks and stacks of cards.
cards that for some reason or another, i can't pitch!
so, i started to put them in piles-to file.
i ran out of labels for all of these special piled letters.
i can justify this because 
 it is rare to get these treats in the mail anymore.
i guess that is why these chersihed momentos have
taken over my desk of drawers.

my favorite letters and cards are from my grandma, olivia's gigi.
she is one of my favorite people on this green earth.
she always starts with, "hello sweetheart,"
it instantly makes me feel like i'm sitting in her kitchen with a cup of coffee.
she also tells me everytime how awful her handwriting is...which, i never agree.
i love her handwriting.  it's her.  i wouldn't change a thing about it.

here's a confession:
among my piles...are people's thank you cards.
yep.  i'm a thank you collector.

i collect thank you's from friends + family who articulate so well the gratitude that is inside.
i wish i could speak of my heart's gratefulness like they do.  
that is why i keep their thank you's so handy.
they inspire me.
 before i sit down and write one myself...
i browse through a few,
take a deep breath
and write!

chances are, if you are reading this, 
you made your way to one of my collective piles...
that are now filed. 
and, if i may, i'll send this thank you to you.
thanks for making me feel special,
taking the time to remember a special date,
celebrating my month of birthday bliss...
or sending a just-because.

you inspire me to send more hand-writtens,
to stop hesitating and worrying about saying things perfectly,
and to buy more stamps for pete's sake!

long-live hallmark...and fresh ink!