Sunday, November 8, 2009

World Kindness Week...

I told you last week that we needed to be nice to November, and, in doing some research, I found that this is World Kindness Week with Friday the 13th being World Kindness Day. I keep thinking if we could just "be nice" that this would be a better world. You can disagree with someone nicely if you think about it, but it seems like name calling is in vogue these days, and, if people do not agree, they do not talk it through. Anyway, I appreciate those of you who come here to read and, hopefully, learn, and I am thrilled by the kindness that you show in your responses to my posts.

Now a book I bought at the flea market this week is the inspiration for today.

The editor of the book, published in 1919, said that Roosevelt said, "I would rather have this book published than anything that has ever been written about one." The letters were messages of "constant thought and love," and, before the children could read, he would send "picture letters."

Now, this new tech world has replaced much of our letter writing...and, so many will say...who has time to sit down and write a letter? Just email!! But, there is something about getting a card or a letter...there is the envelope...the stamp...not the forever stamp, but one of the neat postage pieces...and the joy of sitting and reading.

Letters used to be the main link to the outside world, and the written word provides records and history. What will remain for future generations? Text messages, emails, tweets? They get deleted. Anyone have a stash of printed emails tied up with a ribbon in an old candy box anywhere?

Ancient Egyptians wrote letters to the dead, not to keep in touch but for help. These were mostly done on pottery. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London preserves two such pieces. One is a letter from Qau, from a man to his parents (father on the inside, mother on the outside) and a letter from Hu, from a woman to her husband. In Qau's letter, he asks for help in a dispute over property. He writes on the inside of the bowl to his father, with a shorter message on the outside to his mother. Guess he thought Dad could handle the issue better!

In the 1600s the Dutch painter Vermeer did a series on woman writing, receiving, and reading letters.Victorians were known for decorating their envelopes, and letters were decorated with illustrations, and it is in that spirit that I had Sherri of Punk Rose Designs create some special cards for the shop...we have holiday as well as everyday cards.

Handcrafted and far more affordable not to mention special than Hallmark. How neat would this be for a thank you card for a dinner invite?

Or, this card for a special sleepover...or even to frame and put on a nightstand?

So, it is in the spirit of being kind and celebrating random acts of kindness, drop someone a that you write...handwritten...don't worry if you are not a is still you...because "Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts."


gail said...

Hi Susan,,, thank you for visiting my blog and being so nice :) I do always learn something great visiting you! I love writing hand written letters and cards. I will make sure to send some this week! Thanks for the idea.
Have a pretty week. Gail

Patricia said...

Susan, to celebrate Kindness Week, I will send off a few hand written notes. That looks like a fun book to go through at your leisure. Enjoy,
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings