Like so many people, I save a lot of the letters and cards I get.
What is it about the cards and letters we receive that makes us want to save them?
I suppose it's because they make us feel a bit closer to one another. My grandfather passed away when I was in my late twenties, and I have one special letter from him. After sending him a copy of my very first poster design, he wrote a letter of encouragement, and it's one of my prized possessions. His handwriting, what he wrote, the stationery he used . . . it all brings him back to me in a tangible way. He was a wonderful role model, a man who carried himself with dignity and honor. And his letter, safely tucked away, is a reminder of that.
Letters of Note
Whether or not you have your own stash of letters, there is a wonderful website where you can read letters people have written about love, their struggles, their interests, troubles and triumphs. Letters of Note includes letters written by celebrities (Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones writing to his aunt about meeting Mick Jagger for the first time) as well as famous and not-so-famous people. It's worth a look.
Do you save the letters you receive? Tell us about it.