It’s Valentine’s Day and I don’t really celebrate it because I don’t like it when people tell me when to enjoy chocolate but my sister emailed me a stack of love letters our grandfather sent our grandmother to convince her to marry him and they were so strangely lovely that it reminded me how wonderful letters can be.
They were written mostly in English because their parents only spoke Czech and so they couldn’t snoop on the intercepted letters, but my grandmother’s sisters would definitely have been snooping so my grandfather would hide little notes like this one he apparently hid under the stamp.
The stamp smeared it a bit but I think it says “sending you lots of kisses and Marlon Brando.” I might wrong about that last part.
It also has a series of dots and dashes hidden inside the letters and I can only assume it was some sort of secret code they used, or that possibly they were teenage farmer spies who were busy passing secrets while working in the cotton fields of rural Texas.
Regardless, it reminded me that a few years ago we did a thing here where if you wanted a kind note from a stranger in this community you could just leave your address in the comments and maybe get or give a little unexpected magic to someone else. I am still getting cards from that and they always make me smile and I know there are people who today have made lasting friendships through such a small but fun exchange.
So if you’d like to maybe get a note from a sweet stranger to remind you that there are people in the world who care just leave your address in the comments. You can use your first name, or an initial or a secret made-up name and you can use your address or a po box or your brother’s house or whatever feels safe for you. And if you want to send a card to a friend you haven’t met yet you can pick one (or several) below. I’m going to be sending some postcards myself because I just got a dozen and they are amazing.
So for example my comment would say, “Feel free to write me a note. I like reading, true crime, and cats. Also, David Tennant was totally the best Doctor Who and I’m willing to die on that hill. I’m:
Executive Princess Jenny / 14546 Brook Hollow Blvd. #400 / San Antonio TX, 78232″
And no matter where you are in the world today, please consider this a note to tell you how much I’m glad that you’re here. Yes, you. You are amazing, friend.