I love this bumper sticker from the gift shop at the Whitney Museum in New York. Of course, being a frugal downsizer, I took a picture instead of buying one:
On the subject of earth and art (two of my favorite things by the way), here’s another example of ‘letters’ — this time on a tree trunk.
And an example of letters on art (being a pot, that’s art made of earth, so we’ve come full circle)…
Of course, ‘letter’ doesn’t just refer to a sign or symbol, or a unit of a word we use to communicate, it’s also the term for a finished product. Remember ‘letters’? They’re what we wrote to each other before email and texts. I saved dozens that my mother wrote to me over the years, and when I sort through papers here at the house, I find I often saved old letters from other family and friends. The loops and dips of handwriting are so personal, that seeing them brings people and relationships back in an immediate and sometimes overpoweringly emotional way.
In a box of Bob’s father’s things, I found a packet of Bob’s letters home, written during his freshman year in college. That was years before I met him. I debated whether I should invade his privacy and read them, but curiosity won out. I did. And no, I’m not going to post an excerpt here; that wouldn’t be respectful. But I will share one tidbit: he mailed his laundry home to his mother. (I thought that was pretty interesting, considering that when we lived together, he did more of the laundry than I did.)
I used to have a nice collection of stationery and note cards, but that’s no downsizing challenge. I’ve already packed up those supplies and passed them on to friends who are still so civilized as to write letters.
When was the last time you wrote a letter? And (don’t answer this one, just think about it) — who does your laundry?
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters