The Letter

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can’t reread a phone call. ~Liz Carpenter

Have you ever gone through the attic—you know, wiping aside the cobwebs, scooting past the front half of the snowmobile (and wondering how anybody ever got half of a snowmobile into the attic), tripping over giant Rubbermaid box lids—and found a box of treasures? You open the dusty box, and you find mementos: trinkets, graduation mortarboards, baby shoes, and letters.

Once you start reading those letters, you are invited into a world of the past. You read about a relationship. You become privvy to hopes and dreams. Maybe you laugh. Perhaps you cry. Or possibly something completely different happens.

The experience of having something tangible to hold onto isn’t new. Many of us try to hold on to certain things because they have sentimental value.

A gift that you can give your family members is the gift of a letter. You don’t have to be a master wordsmith to write a powerful letter to someone you care about. Just get ink to paper and write honestly, and you’ll find that the words will come easy.

There is very little in this world that is more valuable than a letter from a loved one. It is both literally and figuratively something your loved one can hold onto.

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