I received a ”plain” letter from one of my good pals yesterday, in which she apologized for not sprucing up her letter, and by that I mean, she sent it in a bright pink envelope with a frilly written address and some hand drawn flowers, as well as a nice four page letter on pretty salmon coloured notepaper. It was a wonderful letter than I happily ripped open and enjoyed reading while I walked back to the house and continued to read after I’d plopped down into the couch. It was the kind of letter friends send. News, updates, with little funny bits and talks of her plans for the next few days. I thought it was pretty great and, why she apologized, is because she normally sends me these big whacky geeked out envelopes with lots of cool stickers and stuff, and apparently, pals have gotten annoyed in the past with a more plain letter.
Isn’t that a little extreme? I mean, I love a decorated letter as much as anyone else, and I enjoy decorating them as much as anyone else, but doesn’t the whole idea of writing to someone lie in the words? Isn’t having a penpal all about making a friend? We all have our days where a glue stick, scissors and sparkles are our best friends and we want to bedazzle the bejeezus out of our pals, but lets not forget about the words! I’m not saying jotting down half a page on a crinkled piece of paper and calling it a day, I’m talking about a nice long letter that is actually saying something!
I always try to write a nice letter, but I also sometimes get caught up in decking it out. Maybe from time to time, I’ll let go of my death grip on my glue stick and set down the sparkles and concentrate all my efforts wholeheartedly on the connection.
I guess the moral of the story(although it may be hard to find due to my rambles), is that in a time when snail mail is all over the place on pinterest, wordpress, and instagram, with each piece being more beautiful then the next, maybe, just maybe, we should keep our expectations in check and remember that the initial idea behind a penpal is to have a pal to write to.
What do you think? Do you ever find yourself getting a little caught up in the glitzting and glamming of your letters? Or have you found yourself getting annoyed when someone doesn’t spruce up their letter?