"... and by the way thank you for the cheesy postcard :). It funnily enough looks even more cheesy with the hole in it. A poor snail took refuge in my letter box during a deluge and snacked on the card, luckily it had the decency to eat the address part first, heh."
Huey is an old friend living in Melbourne who I send little notes and postcards to often. I loved hearing about that snail in Huey's soggy letterbox. South-east Australia has been having a deluge lately... real drought-breaking stuff because the rain has been going on and off for months... snails in letterboxes is one of the side-effects. Did the snail like the taste of the postcard, or did he just sample it before deciding to move on? I hope that snail has gone on to live a long and happy life.
That's a fun if flippant example of the life a letter/card/whatever can have after it leaves us... but sometimes letters have much more profound lives. Sometimes our letter arrives at just the right moment and creates such an impression on a person that it changes things.
It's important to me to keep looking around me, at the people in my life, and sending a letter when it seems right. I have a couple of very good friends, Chris and Sally, that do a lot in the local community... they are both amazing though it's usually Chris who gets acknowledged more because he has more of a public role (he's on the local council). The other week I decided to write to Sally and thank her for some things she had done that I had noticed... and I talked about how grateful I am to know her... and a few other personal things. They both helped me a lot when my marriage fell apart last year, without even knowing it.
A few days later, Sally and I bumped into each other and she hugged me with tears in her eyes because my card had meant so much, arriving at a time when she needed to really hear it. .. and the affect seems to have been lasting on our friendship, creating a special bond between us.
Sometimes letter-writing is just a bit of fun and sometimes it's profound. And to tell you the truth I like both kinds.
Love from Kaz