a postscript note to Valentines
I have to come “clean.” I am afflicted with with a deep-seated disorder–“Mailer’s Malady!” Never heard of it you say? Maybe, you have it too? Mailer’s Malady affects everyone–men, women and children, young and old and rural or urban dwellers. Mailer’s Malady knows no boundaries, and it can lurk anywhere.
The symptoms are unmistakeable and emerge throughout the year. Although, there are certain times of year the symptoms are more evident and difficult to conceal, such as Christmas and other celebratory days.
Inside one of the drawers of my beloved Grandmother’s secretary is additional evidence of the ailment: stacks of the most amazingly beautiful cards and stationary carefully selected and purchased to pen off words to those I love and care about. Some of the pigeon holes in the desks even have addressed cards and notes in sealed envelopes with 21 cent stamps. How long ago was that?! Yes, at one time 21 cent stamps were in vogue and used by some!
There are gentle reminders around Rose Cottage patiently telling me to post a little note to someone dear every time I pass them throughout the day.
A lovely Victorian paper mache writer’s desk with delicate inlaid mother of pearl encourages me every morning and evening…but I look the other way and the confounding malady afflicts its grip on me once again.
Tucked inside a well-worn address book are words of wisdom from the past to encourage me to overcome this desperate condition. The words confront some conceivable reasons for not writing…
“A letter not be long to be welcome.” ~Emily Post
“A line is enough for memory.” ~Old autograph album
“Good words are worth much, and cost little.” ~Geroge Herbert
Not sure what to say…
“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” ~William Shakespeare
“Begin at the beinning, go on until you have finished, and then stop.” ~Anonymous
“Love in a letter endures forever in our memories.” ~Emily Post
“Blessed be letters–they are the monitors, they are also the comforters, and they are the only true heart-talkers.” ~Donald Grant
Today, I resolve to send a long-overdue note to a friend
who has been on my mind…after I find some stamps!