The pages of March have danced away and April begins, bidding us to poke into drawers long-dormant, pull out dusty stationary, and press pen to paper in sweet reflection. April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, and though my handwriting is poor, I intend to write a few letters and send a few cards.
"Snail mail" may be a last resort option today, but I know how much more exciting it is to get a crisp envelope in the mail bearing my name than find an email waiting for me in cyber-space. It's tangible; it engages my senses. I can see the colors and prints chosen especially for me, smell the scent of fresh paper, perhaps with some faint odor of its sender's fragrance, turn it over in my hands and feel its smooth, cool fibers, and hear the friction as I pull it from the encasement, reading the print of one who took the time enough to sit with pen in hand and share her thoughts with me.
Perhaps the script is feathery-light with amazing detail and flourish. Perhaps it is slanted to the left or right, and in perfect precision the words march across the page. If you close your eyes, perhaps you can feel the gentle indention the pen made as it was written. Perhaps a stain or a teardrop gives light to a certain phrase you wouldn't without it have understood.
Those things can't be captured in an email, text message, tweet or facebook post. Only in a letter. A card. A postcard.
Be sure to send a letter... or two, to whom you otherwise would have sent an email or text. It's April. It's time to close the laptop (briefly), sit down at a writing desk (anyone have one of those? I do!) and pen your thoughts. Poetic, sweet, sappy, funny... give your friend a good dose of you!