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Sunday Snippet: The Spring Is Here Edition

Right off, Happy Easter to all who celebrate! Spring seems to be springing already and you know, between health stuff and writing like a madwoman, I am more than ready. The gardens are coming to life–check out my hyacinths–aren’t they pretty? We’ve had a typical March in the Midwest—warm, lovely, sunny days and then cold, gray, and chilly ones. But now it’s April, and somehow this spring seems particularly promising, because ever since all this heart stuff, everything has felt…I dunno—unsettled.

I’m not the only one feeling a sea change—with the weirdness that politics has become, I think the whole world is in this boat on many different levels. Liz and I have had endless conversations about life seeming different and sorta uncomfortable right now—like a pair of yoga pants that are a little too snug or socks that keep slipping down. I’m hoping that opening the lake cottage in a few weeks will bring some sense of normalcy because, man, I am ready for just plain normal.

Speaking of normal, I was thinking the other day how much I miss getting snail mail–you know, cards and notes written on paper, stamped, and dropped in a big blue mailbox in front of the post office? People have even stopped sending Christmas cards and that makes me sad. A couple of years ago, amidst the worst of the pandemic, my friend Robin decided to send a note to a friend each day. I was lucky enough to get one and it made my whole month. I think maybe I need to get out paper and pen and stamps and give that a try–maybe not one a day, but maybe once a week? Just a check-in, a hello, a how ya doin’? or an I’m-glad-we’re friends. My handwriting isn’t what it once was, but I don’t think anyone will mind that, do you?

So here’s the question of the week: Do you like writing letters? Would you go back to pen, stationery, and stamps? If so, send somebody a note today. I’m sure it would be much appreciated.

Gratitude for this week: Got to see Son and Grandboy! Finally figured out where Jack and Maddie’s story is going–a meeting with my editor tomorrow, and I’ll be back on it. Swam twice this week–yay! Took a walk all alone yesterday, and although I missed my walking buddy (she was busy), it felt good to know that I could do the ‘hood on my own. Only had to stop a couple of times. Oh, and I really like my wireless earbuds.

Stay well, stay safe, be kind, and most all, mes amies, stay grateful,


  • Roseann McGrath Brooks

    I agree with Janie: Handwritten thank you cards are a must, as are sympathy cards. I’m not so good with other cards and letters, but I still do mailed Christmas cards — even though I feel guilty about the whole environmental issue.

  • Kimberly

    I love when I get snail mail. It is funny, I used to be so good at sending people cards and letters all the time, even when I worked multiple jobs. I should start sending out more notes, thanks for the reminder.

  • Valri Western

    I love writing cards and letters. I do it all the time, always have! I still buy a ton of stamps and send cards and letters for every occasion!

  • Janie DeVos

    Happy Easter, Nan! I still send plenty of cards and thank you notes. Mama always taught us that if someone does something especially nice for you, then you must take the time to send a handwritten thank you. And, as we all know – especially as we age – Mama knows best.

  • Janine

    I still send cards, but I don’t think I would want to write a hand written letter these days. I like them, but my hand writing seems to have gotten worse over the years and I make too many mistakes. With email, it’s easier to correct those mistakes before hitting send.