Love in the Letterbox

If you ever doubt your pathOr who you chose to be.Know that I am gratefulFor who you are to me.
How do you let people know you are grateful?

When I was a kid, I was a pretty good chess player. Between about the ages of ten and twelve I travelled a fair bit to play in tournaments. I got to go to some fairly spectacular parts of the world.

These are perhaps tales for another day. Right now the chess and the travel aren’t the point.

Often when I was travelling, I would be without my mum. To ensure I knew she was with me in spirit, she would give me little notes printed on cards with inspirational quotes, pictures, and messages like “I’m on your side.”

My pockets were always stuffed full of them.

Somehow if I looked at them, or held them, or even gave them a little kiss, it was like she was there with me.

i don't see you all that muchour lives are far apart.but you are often in my thoughtsand always in my heart.
Christmas cards are a lovely way of letting someone know you care.

I think Christmas cards can have a similar power. Lots of people have stopped sending Christmas cards for all sorts of reasons. But I think it’s nice to have that little gesture just to say that I’m thinking of you enough to have actually put your name on this and sent it; even if there is not much in the way of an actual letter inside.

The end of every school dayDoes not mean that you are through.When the chil
Do people still write thank you cards to teachers? I hope so!

Thank you cards are another disappearing pleasure. Again, it’s just knowing that someone was touched enough by what you did for them that they wanted to actually send you something to say thank you.

Perhaps I’m being old-fashioned and ridiculous, but what I want is to recapture that feeling of having something physical to hold onto that says that someone is with you even when they’re far away.

So I’ve been designing little postcards to do just that. I’ve saved them as pdfs so they are downloadable cards that you can print for yourself if you want to use them. I’m going to keep adding more and I’ll put them on a separate page – maybe a Christmas Corner or a Gift Corner where I’ll also put recommendations for gifts.

Far apart

Who you are to me

You helped me to grow

Flamingo

Happy New Year – gratitude card

Christmas cheer gratitude card

Gratitude card – seasons greetings

I’d love to hear what you think. Do you think that there’s something special about receiving a bit of love in the letterbox, or are just as happy to see something new in your inbox?

 

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23 thoughts on “Love in the Letterbox

  1. You are beautiful! I am so with you on this way of thinking. I still write out Christmas cards and Thank You cards, and I make my children give them out after their birthday parties too. To me it is manners. I love a personal card in my letter box or handed to me, but even if it is a text message it is nice to be thanked or thought about. It bothers me when you go to a lot of trouble to give the perfect gift and you don’t even get text to say thanks. Beautiful words and images you have made!! I know I’ve said it to you before, but you are so talented xx
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    1. Glad to know I’m not the only one! I’m already trying to instil this in my tiny people. Thank you so much, as always, for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and lovely comment.

  2. These are beautiful and I would be incredibly touched to receive something like this. I agree that we need to try and hold on to the tradition of sending an actual card through the post to show that we remember and still think of a person. Times are changing so quickly and in no time at all it will just be the norm to schedule a greeting e-mail to send automatically every year for birthdays etc. As you may have noticed I love to rhyme, and I think a little personalised rhyme in a card goes a long way. It just shows a little bit of thought, time and consideration. Lovely idea and I hope that they are very successful for you. #abitofeverything

    1. What a lovely comment. Thank you so much. Here in Australia they’re considering reducing mail delivery to a couple of times a week because so few people use the actual post – very sad!

  3. What a beautiful idea. I was just moaning to El my co-host today that I never get proper letters in the post any more. I think its something that definately needs to be revived and your cards are a wonderful way to do it xx Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything
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    1. Getting letters is such a joy. My little boy got a postcard from his grandparents the other day and he was beyond excited. The next day when there was nothing he was devastated. I’m considering getting him to post letters to himself just so there will be something in there for him!

  4. I totally agree with you. It is so lovely receiving a card or a note through the post rather than an email, a tweet, a text (not that I don’t like receiving these too). I love the idea of posting notes of encouragement in your kids pockets. That is such a lovely thing to do.

    I wrote a not dissimilar post about how the internet in particular has taken away letter writing, cards and has put all photos on the internet. You can read it here if you are interested:

    http://www.thesingleswan.com/2015/06/15/the-digital-gate-across-memory-lane/
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  5. I’m so with you here! I’m a massive technophobe, and it’s only been since I started blogging that I’ve had to have interactions with social media, so prior to that, I rarely sent emails, or checked my inbox. I love cards and notes! Especially the beautiful, vintage hand crafted variety! When the post man comes, I scour the floor for anything that looks interesting, like a card, or a personal letter to me, and if I don’t see anything that looks like that, I just leave it all there for my husband to deal with. The excitement of cards and letters is massive for me! Great post! x
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    1. I do exactly the same! I leave anything that doesn’t look interesting unopened in piles. My husband hates it when he finds them!

  6. Good post!
    I admit that when the online card sites first came out, I thought they were great but then I realised that I missed the personal touch so I started going to shops again and more recently going a step further and making my own. I have all the cards my mum sent me since I was 16 and now she’s no longer here they are even more precious. X

    1. I did exactly the same. I think online cards are fun and definitely have their use. Still, nothing compares to getting proper mail. That’s lovely that you kept your mum’s cards x

  7. These are so great! What a lovely idea. Quotes and things like this cheer me up and keep me going. I’m so much more a fan of pen and paper and I get really wistful about how hardly anybody writes a real handwritten letter and posts it nowadays. It’s the best thing ever getting a letter or card through the post.
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  8. I am totally with you on this. I adore cards, collect them in fact! I am the same with a quote. I love to send spontaneous cards or gifts through the post. It makes me feel good and it’s a lovely surprise for others too – especially if there is a need for that card. Love your designs. I also love to receive something through the post. Postcards included. Nickyx #abitofeverything
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  9. This is a beautiful idea! I love it and I love your words on your post cards! You’re very creative. I enjoy leaving notes for my children in their lunch boxes but now it has been upgraded to text messages to their mobiles. But like you, I still believe in the good old fashioned way of letting someone know you are thinking of them. I still have some lovely cards (from kids, clients, friends etc) and they sit proudly on my desk. It never fails to inspire me, to motivate me when I have had an awful day. There’s nothing more beautiful in the simple act of opening your letter box and finding a lovely card and reading the message inside it and knowing that someone has thought of you—wouldn’t hurt if it came with lollies too though.
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