Monday, April 25, 2011

To: Whom It May Concern



I recently wrote a letter to someone whom I respect and admire. I wrote on paper torn from my favorite notebook. I like my notebook so much, I’ve had it for almost two years now, simply because I used it specifically for writing stories in longhand. When I write in my notebook it reminds me of class.

The words I wrote in my letter flowed across the pages with such ease; I used three pages before I realized it. Happy as only letter-writers can be after sealing a finished letter inside an envelope, and putting the stamp in place, tonight it dawned on me that maybe I should have considered my intended reader’s sensibilities. Here it was , a week after the fact, and only now did I wonder if my “stationery” would be viewed as offensive, disrespectful, or in poor taste. I couldn't help but wonder if I'd be seen as a hick Texan, whose Mama hadn't taught her any manners. 

The paper in my notebook likes ink. :)

I know better. I know that good manners dictate that I use my prettiest, most impressive stationery, because it represents me, This Limner. So, why didn’t I pull out a box of Crane & Co.? I didn’t, because I felt so good about writing to my reader, that, acting on instinct, I went with the paper that evoked my first, and best writing memories: Memories of writing when I was a young girl, learning the art of the handwritten letter. Oh, what a feeling, to go from dictating simple things like, “Tell Aunt Pauline I said hey,” for Mama to include in her letter, to printing, “Dear Aunt Pauline, How are you? I am fine . . .”!
So, this block of hindsight is written to the new friend who read my letter that was written on ruled pages gently torn from my favorite notebook--the notebook I bought at Target, on sale well over a year and a half-ago: I hope you were not offended. Your letter didn’t come to you on lovely paper. And, it wasn’t in a lovely envelope. But . . . And this is the best "but" of all: Your letter came from a good place in time. I enjoyed writing to you, and I hope you enjoyed reading it. However, if you want an apology, I will write one on some of the prettiest paper I own. Just say the word.
Sincerely,
This Limner
This is meant to be a P.S of sorts. Ahem. 

Dear recipient,

I almost wrote to you on paper torn from a "Big Chief Tablet." Wth a crayon.

9 comments:

  1. Personally I think its the words that count and not the paper its written on... so hopefully that person feels the same.

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  2. Bubbles, I'd hug you hard if I could reach you. :) I believe the wonderful person I wrote to feels the same way, but it sure helps to hear you say it first. I'll stop chewin' n swallowin' me nails now.

    Good morning to you. And, I am off to bed.

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  3. I too think that the letter content would count more than what paper it is written on . You were fine to use that tablet and dont let anyone tell you any different .

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  4. Bubbles, my sentiments exactly.

    And, Bobbie. It is quite touching you're stressing over the paper you used in your letter. But, it is totally unnecessary. Click on my name, go to my blog, and read the posts for January 24, 2010 and February 5, 2010. Those should set your mind at ease.

    Patty

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  5. Thanks for stopping by on my weblog. Shame on me I saw your comment today. :O
    Hope you had a nice Easter with beautiful weater. :)

    I agree with Bubbles. Even I always use lettersets and stickers I don't mind to get letters via paper you've used. Because the words that counts.

    Greetings from The Netherlands.

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  6. I agree with Bubbles. And personally I also consider the paper a letter is written on. I usually assume that there must be a reason it was written as such. I think too often people put too much stake in the stationery they use for their letters than their content.

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  7. I'm always intrigued by the paper, stationery, cards that people have chosen to use and I am always grateful for each and every letter, card, postcard, note - no matter what they are written on.

    Jackie
    www.lettersandjournals.com

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  8. I also don't care what paper letters are written on. I also use stationery one time and normal lined paper then other time, depends on what I find first, or when I'm at work I took with me.
    It should matter what you write, not where it's written on.

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  9. Yes, definitely the words and the exchange of friendship are the important parts. Pretty cards or paper are nice, but definitely not necessary to me.

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