WRITE A REAL NOTE, USING A PEN

May 30, 2018

I spent the day reviewing letter, photos, organizing old papers that hold my family history.  I enjoy the research involved and want my children and grandchildren to know the stories of who came before them and to whom they owe so much.

 

When I held my great grandfather's letters to my great grandmother and read his words, saw his hand writing, I realized what a gift I held.  He was a writer, a poet and an early newspaper man.  He traveled where the Chicago Record, the World-Herald (Omaha) and the Nebraska Watchman sent him.  And he missed his wife and small children.

 

I was moved holding the papers he held in 1894, 1895, 1896 looking at his hand writing and sketches he drew for his two children.  I have photos of him.  I  went back in time.  I fest a connection.

 

Today we email.  Twitter.  Instagram.   Quick

Connects us with speed.

But I have nothing to hold, reread, analyze the handwriting of. 

My great grandfather used a typewriter for a letter to his wife and apologized  that the emotion he felt could not come through the typed words.

 

I am not sharing rocket science here.  Pick up you pen.  Find a piece of paper and write your dearest, your children, your parents, your friends.  That's a gift that keeps on giving and others will savor.

 

 

 

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