Well, faithful readers, thank you so much for following along as I explored a year of letter writing.
It was an interesting and, at times, laborious process that saw me scrambling to write the next day’s post and polling my friends and family members for ideas (thank you Mark for saving my ass on at least one particularly challenging occasion). And thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write.
A few highlights…
The dozens of postcards from April just floored me. I still want to tally up the amount of postage it took to get all of those cards up here.
The letters from my young cousins in England were always a highlight. Keeping in touch with them this way keeps a 35-year tradition alive between our distant families. I love knowing my letters are kept until dinnertime when they could be read at the table out loud to everyone. So cool.
The one overwhelming observation that emerged when talking to people about writing letters was that most people felt their handwriting had seriously deteriorated in the years since they started using computers to communicate.
Haiku February was a big hit. I didn’t expect that. People posted pictures of their haiku postcards on Facebook too and I received a lot of really positive comments from people both on the blog and by email. Poetry is not dead!
The ongoing correspondence with two Mary’s – one a writer in Chicago and one a Canadian lady of the prairies with a love of local art and culture – was unexpected but a complete joy and if either or both of those friendships continue by post I’ll be most pleased.
I received post from only one stranger who found my blog and took the time to write, and that was at the very tail end of this challenge. Jitrenka’s letter arrived just in the nick of time! (See yesterday’s post.)
The fact that I put a serious dent in that Drawer of Paper impresses me. I get into these modes where I want to divest myself of stuff and tidy all of my spaces, so seeing that drawer now looking much less schmozzled makes me want to move on to all the other cluttered surfaces in my office. In time Peressini, in time.
I’m still surprised that I was happy just to write letters on loose-leaf paper with my Pilot pens and didn’t end up going out and buying stuff to make the exercise more artful.
My exchanges with far (enough) flung friends and family – from Victoria, BC to Oklahoma City, OK and from Portland, OR to Saffron Walden, Essex – have been treasured connections that I will continue to keep active. And soon I will be writing to another friend in Oklahoma. My best friend is moving to Tulsa so a whole new batch of US-bound envelopes will be heading southward soon.
Sorry. I can’t smile about that one… yet.
So, on that note, I bid you farewell. Now I turn my energy toward finishing up my nutrition studies and starting in on a whole new adventure that pertains to food and natural health. If any of you are interested in staying apprised of anything Nib & Tuck-related, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the mailing list. I’ll still be making and selling cards. This is not the end of Nib & Tuck, only the end of my crazy one-year blog project. Or stay connected to Nib and Tuck on Facebook.
Letterwriting will be taking a bit of a backseat now as I finish up school so it may take me a while to reply if you write. There is so much new and exciting stuff on the go. Thanks again for the fun ride and please continue sending letters to those you love. Keep the joy of the personal handwritten hello alive and well.