Monday, 20 July 2015

A sympathetic view

While I was away, I learned something about letter writing...something I hadn't considered before. Letters of condolence matter more than we realize. Whether you are writing them or receiving them the weight of their impact is massive. I think we all struggle to find a card that is special and says something that resonates with the person you are choosing it for. Up until now, I had always been on the sending end of a sympathy expression. I repeatedly struggled to say something that would make a difference. At times I felt inadequate to the task, but once I began receiving cards and letters with sentiments aimed to comfort after the loss of my father my view changed dramatically. I felt cared for and consoled with each note that arrived. A letter from Dear Mrs. Duffy touched me very deeply, others were like balm for my soul. But the love didn't stop there, Limner, my hero, wrote, and wrote. She sent little gifts and words of inspiration. Even when I was too overcome to write anything in return still she wrote and I shall be forever grateful for her unerring kindness. Each and every piece of mail I received from her gave reassurance in knowing that I was not alone and that mattered so much to me.

Losing a parent is never an easy thing but having friends who rally around you and give of themselves, is heartwarming and gives such comfort to someone who is grieving. Grief is a sad thing and not too many want to dwell upon it but I wanted to write this so that others would know how very appreciated their words of sympathy are, even when you feel helpless to do anything to take the pain away. These cards and letters matter more than you can ever know and I thank all my dear friends for extending their hands and hearts in friendship to me when my world was falling apart.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Getting back in the swing of things

Well, it's been a little while, hasn't it? Time to start to get back into the swing of things, or so I thought. I started to write this blog post several weeks ago but things just kept getting in the way of it getting posted. For some reason, I couldn't log onto my blog which was very annoying. I'm not particularly computer literate so this was a real challenge for me. I managed to sort it out, only to catch a cold that turned into a very nasty respiratory infection and that really kept me down. Even the smallest of things made me tired and out of breath. But, thankfully that is a thing of the past and I'm getting better every day.

Jane Austen themed letter from Lady Pamela
I've been home for a few weeks now and after slowly making my way through the nice stack of mail that was awaiting me when I arrived, I feel blessed to have so many nice letter friends. What an assortment of letters, pocket letters, cards and an especially nicely crafted letter from the lovely Lady Pamela from The Lost Art of Letter Writing...Revived   Opening this letter was such a treat. It was beautifully packaged with so much attention to detail that I took great care in opening it and just savouring the goodness. Getting a letter from a fellow Janeite is always nice but what a delight to receive something that is more like a gift. I just simply adored everything about this packet, and especially the letter it contained which was a crossed letter written in pen and ink. Thank you Lady Pamela for a truly extraordinary missive!

Inside the Jane Austen letter

It took me a few days to get through all the mail...these things cannot be rushed, they must be savoured. I just meandered my way though all the mail goodness and enjoyed the process of catching up with all my pen pals.  I also received two pocket letters, one which was from a swap I entered before I left to go home and the other from the lovely Tina whom I know from Swap-bot  Both letters were pretty to look at and held such treasures.  I think pocket letters are a very fun way to send a letter. I like the versatility and the element of surprise that each little pocket contains.  You can use a theme or just do something random and it always looks pretty and colourful.  I would like to do a lot more pocket letters once I answer all my mail.  There are always several themed swaps over on swap-bot to choose from for inspiration, or you can just wing it and do your own thing.  Whatever you do, it's sure to be a hit with your pen pals.

Now comes the pleasant process of replying to all my lovely letters. Time to put the kettle on, this will take a while, I know, and I hope my pen friends will be patient with me. Being ill has made for slow progress, but I am trying to write at least one letter a day.  See you in the mail!