When you receive cards, letters and notes in the post, what do you do with them? Do you pin them to a board, proudly display them on a mantelpiece or shelf, tuck them away in boxes?
Mine frequently end up as bookmarks, which perhaps sounds ungrateful – but it means I can finish a book, wallow in that lost feeling for a few moments (you know the one, where you emerge from a really good book and wonder WHAT ON EARTH you’re going to do now it’s finished, and whether re-reading four times in a row is verging on obsessive… no? just me? oh.) and then re-read a little missive from a dear friend and smile. Perfection.
I also have an inspiration board on which live the prettiest of the notecards my friends have sent me over the years.
Several have been framed – two Gorjuss cards, one featuring books and the other a flying unicorn (I am proud to call such discerning people my friends), some horse and ballet themed ones in collages, and a particularly lovely London panorama are currently adorning my walls and shelves.
Still others sit on my mantelpiece for a while after they’ve come in, though I tend to take them down after I’ve replied to them and replace them with new ones.
And of course there are the boxes and boxes of notes passed in class, post it notes, barely-legible scribbles, journal pages, decorated envelopes, those funny little folded-paper fortune telling contraptions, and pages and pages of handwriting from years of correspondence.
Those are the boxes that are unquestioningly packed, intact, whenever I move house. I wouldn’t give them up for the world, and there are few things as lovely as spending a rainy Sunday afternoon with a large pot of tea, your sweet thing of choice (mine is currently profiteroles), and a box of old,half-forgotten letters. You can laugh and cry your way through hours of memories. Highly recommended.
So what do you do with yours?
Wishing you unicorns, ducks and happiness,