I received a letter from a childhood friend the other day. An actual paper and pen letter. We have each others phone numbers and emails etc. but, we don’t talk much anymore. Not for any reason in particular. Her letter was several pages long, asking me how I’m doing and telling me about family. It was a nice surprise and felt much more meaningful than many of the conversations I’ve had recent, even face to face. I started to write her back and, before I knew it, my hand written reply was six pages long. I’ve always been competitive. Funny thing though; it was written on yellow, blue, and green construction-paper from my Son’s crafts and coloring supplies.
Perhaps I will purchase “real” paper soon and surprise a few other people with handwritten letters! Reviving the lost art and sentiment might be just what someone needs. Or it could be a pain in their butt, that they don’t feel like reading at the time they received it, and they could just have wish I had called them…
I don’t know if it was what I “needed” in that moment, or if it was just fun.
A callback to time, memories, and an interesting way of future communications…?
“In vain we roared;in vain we tried
To rouse her into laughter:
Her pensive glances wandered wide
From orchestra to rafter –
“TIER UPON TIER!” she said,and sighed;
And silence followed after.”
― Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky and Other Poems
Speaking of a callback to memories past, I have been playing some old video games again. I actually was playing Super Mario Bros. and giving my son a play by play of the jumps I was making, and failing to make, and the mushrooms, and castle levels. He thought it was funny. I am not as good as I remember being as a kid. Other games I wait to play until after the kids go to bed, so I can focus. I love Tetris and Dr. Mario — I don’t play them every day, or night, but I seem more relaxed and happy when I do play for at least a little while.
Having fun shouldn’t be a mystery or some far fetched idea, yet it seems to be something I actually have to force my self to do sometimes. Come on Kat, Beat Your Highscore! You know you want to!
“At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club