Wednesday, 11 January 2017


January




January. The first month of the year and much maligned. I was reading an article the other day but before I got to the actual topic the author was discussing, a tirade about the awfulness of January ensued. Even berating T. S. Eliot for claiming April is the cruellest month, when he felt January was the most heinous. He said it like it was a dirty word...January.

I don't feel that way about the first month. To me, January is quiet, reflective and a time for me to re-centre myself after the tumult of the holidays. It's like the stillness following a snow storm, when you pause just to listen to the silence. It's a time when I get back to my writing and reading; my craft supplies are surveyed and updated and I begin the peaceful process of regaining my flow. January is not hectic, its meandering and allows you to go at your own pace. I can sit down and write in a leisurely way and not feel like I have to fit it in.

Those who know me, are aware I have a lot of difficulty with my hands and writing has become a slow process especially when the weather is cold and damp. So I embrace January's calm which enables me to go at my own speed and enjoy my paper conversations. Letters have always been a big part of my life and as a result of my hand problems I have had to cut down, something that still gives me great sadness. It's like telling a friend you never want to speak to them again, the guilt that goes hand and hand with the process of writing a last letter to someone is boundless.

Today I'm revelling in my January state of mind and writing thank you notes, sending a postcard or two and getting my desk in order. Slow and sure wins the race.

Happy January!


10 comments:

  1. January is a good month! I shall miss receiving as many letter from you but shall hope for an occasional short note. Take care of yourself!

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  2. Thank you Sonja, I value your friendship.

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  3. I was so amazed by the length of your letter, when I discovered your problem with your hands.... and your penmanship is exquisite. How I would love to have 1/2 your talent.

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    1. I have to take breaks often so a letter can be written over several hours or a whole day. Some days aren't so bad, but just now with the cold, it can be hard when my hands get swollen. I hate it of course, but I couldn't give up writing.

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    2. I have to take breaks often so a letter can be written over several hours or a whole day. Some days aren't so bad, but just now with the cold, it can be hard when my hands get swollen. I hate it of course, but I couldn't give up writing.

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  4. Your photograph reminds me that it is time to replenish my empty stationery drawer. I, to, write better with a cup of good tea, quiet time, and a view from my favorite window. The medication left me with tendonitis and I recently discovered that the "bee stings" in my knuckle signal arthritis. I send my sympathy and empathy, along with a Hope that you will remember all the joy you've penned and sent winging around the globe with those well worn hands and fingers. My neighbor reminded me of all the fun I had wearing out my shoulder in years past. I grin instead of grimacing when the anchor in my shoulder shifts, and I try to allow pain to jog my memories of better times. When worst comes to worst I ask for pain medication. And life goes on. Thanks for reminding me.

    Glad tidings, some decent mail, and a few good things are destined to arrive in your box. If I ever make it to the post office! :)

    Be well.

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  5. I'm trying not to "replenish" my stationery stash. I find way too many bargains in the charity shops of nice quality stationery with only one letter set missing. But, I have to use what I have so I have been strict with myself about buying anymore paper and note cards. The only thing I am allowing latitude on are thank you cards. You can never have too many of those!

    As for the pain when writing, it makes every effort that more precious. These days, I start with notes so that when I take a break I don't lose my train of thought and that works out. I like your neighbour's observation about all the fun you had wearing out your shoulder. I'm going to employ that mantra, it makes me smile. Letters have been the one constant in my life. As soon as I could write, I wanted a pen pal and at the age of 7 my cousin became my first correspondent. I could never give letter writing up.

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  6. I can't remember who it was, but they also sent letters on tape (easy to adapt this to use with usb sticks, sdcards, cd/dvd discs).

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    1. I am one of those letter writing introverts whose conversation is so much better on paper. I did try taping long ago but it was a disaster! LOL

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    2. I am one of those letter writing introverts whose conversation is so much better on paper. I did try taping long ago but it was a disaster! LOL

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