My favorite pens for letter writing
As I've mentioned on this blog before, I love letters! I love to write them and receive them. Whenever I pick up the mail and there is a hand-addressed envelope, I smile and my day brightens. It's a special thing to get a letter. It means someone took the time to think of me for a few precious moments of that day.
April is National Letter Writing Month! Will you join in and write a letter or two or three? I've combined this with some Mondo Beyondo challenges. I've written to two of my favorite authors, thanking them for their works. I am writing letters to babies and grandparents, to my niece, to the DH and even to myself. Who in your life would love a letter? And I don't mean just a card that you sign. I mean a real letter with sentences! At least a paragraph. There need not be a purpose. Just talk about the weather or your weekend. What's important is the idea that you thought specifically of that person.
When I write a letter, I carefully choose my stationery and my pen. The pen is very important. Sometimes I don't have a "good" pen around. I persevere anyway, but a good pen makes a big difference in my experience. It makes the tactile experience pleasurable. I just picked up some AMAZING pens this week at Staples - see photo at top. These are BIC Mark-It ultra-fine point markers. They come in many colors (I got 10). I love the way they write on the page and the colors. Advice for pen buying...if possible, give them a try before you buy to see if you like how they feel on the page. Nothing annoys me in my letter-writing more than a scratchy, sticky pen.
CO Tea Lover and I have been penpals for over five years now. The DH and I send each other letters. Two friends, I'll call them Kale and Dana (pseudonyms from a night out in San Fran 10 years ago!), and I have a traveling journal that we send round to each other.
The traveling journal
I keep my favorite letters in pretty boxes. I try not to be a packrat about stuff like this. I don't keep every card or note ever sent to me, but I do keep the ones of substance that will feed my soul on a cloudy day.
Letter stored in a pretty box
Who would you like to write a letter to today?