14th of November, Thursday, one of those unexpectedly nice days. For the first time, since I moved to my new home, to which for many reasons I refer to by just one word – North -, I’ve seen the frost go over the entire neighbourhood! From underneath the frost you can still see how green the grass is and some of the yellow leaves are still remaining on the trees, but the first impression of a rising sun, frost and steam coming from early runners breath…
It always makes me somewhat sentimental and happy all at once. Sentimental, because autumn always brings me the blues. Not in a bad way! I sit, sipping on a cup of tea or a glass of wine (depending on the time of the day or night), listening to something like this and contemplate my life ;) I do enjoy sinking in it, letting my thoughts drift away and melt in the music:
And also happy, because the cold, which I admit I enjoy truly, remind me that the holiday season is coming. And that is just phenomenal time of the year. It is my biggest thing, the ‘it” thing, the best holiday and best memories. Despite all of the technological progress, I haven’t given up on paper post. I write tons of post cards, letters a year but during winter holidays, the greeting cards just pile up and make it even more festive! I put down poems, and inspirational quotes, my feelings, thoughts and wishes for everyone to whom this post card will go to. And I of course receive many cards as well. I let them sit there on my shelf and I re-read them several times just to enjoy them well enough. What can be better, than a hand-written letter from a dear old friend!
One of the first memories of letter writing I have when there was a “friendly ghost” TV show for children on Lithuanian national television. The show host was this cozy lovely older man, who would read out fairy tales, tell stories and talk about fun things like magic and miracles in between the short cartoons. On that show, he used to talk about his display board where he would put up pictures that children drew and send him. And I used to draw something too, and with the help of my dad, I would send it via a paper post and then watch the show next week and wait for my drawing to come up. And there is was! I was happy over the roof! :) And I guess from there I know how much fun it is to send a paper letter. I remember the excitement when I was about to glue close the envelope, as if I was to send the biggest treasure in the world! Well, in some sense, I did send the biggest treasure in the world – a bit of honest joy ifrom my heart.
Do you have anyone you send paper letters to? Haven’t done that but care to try? Well, there is no better time than this year to do it! And it is just enough time until Christmas for you to find out the right addresses and get your post cards, stamps and envelopes ready. If you have difficulties about what you should write, you can practice by writing a draft on an empty paper. After reading it, you will know exactly which parts you want to keep, skip or change. Do not be discouraged because you have to put a little bit of your heart in there. That is the whole point! Have fun and enjoy your blue, festive, chilly autumn!