Eagle-eyed readers will notice this is actually an American day of note, but it seems a shame to miss such an opportunity to talk about the joys of writing – and I can’t find a British one to celebrate!
I’ve always loved to write; from stories as a child to articles for local publications and, of course, blogging. Being left-handed my handwriting isn’t always as neat as I’d like, and whilst I was one of the first in my class to be chosen to learn to write in pen (a claim to fame I’m very proud of), there have been struggles with smudges, stained hands and the worst – desks designed to discriminate against us!
Nowadays I still do a lot of handwriting, even though I spend the majority of my day in front of a computer. I’m a big fan of the ‘to do’ list, with triangles for bullet points you can colour in as a completed task, which is unspeakably satisfying. I also like the satisfaction of seeing a page of handwritten notes; the way the paper crinkles when you’ve used biro on notepaper.
But my favourite handwriting exercise is something which feels like a bit of a dying art: the ‘Thank You’ note. I think this stems from my pleasure in receiving letters in the post which aren’t just bills or junk mail and the hope others share it. I try and write a thank you note whenever I get the chance – or sometimes just a note to friends to say hello. I’m lucky that my friend Anni feels this way too and whilst we still rely on all the modern technology methods of communication, a note from her in the post always makes me smile. We also handwrite thank you notes at work to the people that speak or host things as part of our course and often get thank yous for our thanking them. And of course there are people who use letter writing for much more impressive reasons, like Amnesty International and Jodi Ann Bickley of One Million Lovely Letters.
My enduring love of stationery means that I love having an excuse to buy cards, nice pens to write with, and a particular weakness is notebooks. I’m massively excited that there’s a UK National Stationery Week in April/May and I’m already trying to come up with reasons to indulge!
So, who wants a letter?!