I know you are stressed. So many people to write on National Send a Handwritten Letter Day. Relax. Just make yourself a beverage (coffee, tea or a cocktail will do), pull up a chair to your favorite desk, dig out that address book and then decide which stationery you’d like to use.
What? You can’t seem to find your stationery? Mmmmmm… Seems like the 1st symptom of Signs That You Need New Stationery (STYNNS).
Here are the 9 other symptoms of STYNNS
2. You mail notes written on spiral notebook paper
3. You reuse the envelopes sent with your bills
4. The return address is no longer your address
5. The name on your personalized cards is no longer your name
6. The paper color no longer matches the envelope color
7. The envelopes are pre-stamped with 29¢ stamps
8. The envelope size is too small for your note cards
9. You can find a card OR an envelope
But the biggest sign is….
10. The stationery you found doesn’t represent the 2014 you!
But don’t be shy. Go ahead and send me what you have on National Send a Handwritten Letter Day. If it’s postmarked January 17, 2014, I’ll send you a surprise in the mail.
Have fun writing. It helps to keep the post office open! Won’t you help?
I had breakfast with a young man before Christmas and he mentioned that he was waiting for “a relationship to come along that was no maintenance.” Did I mention he’s single? My response to him was “…yeah, good luck with that!” I don’t know anything that is NO maintenance. Especially relationships. What I’ve learned so far in almost 23 years of marriage is compromise and building a relationship (is that maintenance?) is not an endpoint…it’s a process.
Relationships require an effort. And at TT Patton I try to put in the effort necessary to build relationships with my clients; especially new brides and grooms. I love to hear their stories of falling love, how they met Mr. or Miss Right, how they told their parents. It’s the beginnings of relationships (inter-family) that will grow for years to come.
So if you’re just engaged and out and about looking for wedding invitations you may not see bridal books lined against the walls at TT Patton. They’re tucked away in a small cabinet or swatches are hidden in beautiful boxes.
I don’t want you flipping through pages searching for that “perfect” invitation. I want to understand what you need, what you want to create. I want to build a relationship with you to start your journey to one of the most memorable days of your life. And we all know the invitation is the first experience your guests will have with your wedding day.
So have a seat. Take off your coat. Mom, relax. First let’s get to know each other. Then…maybe…when you’re ready…I’ll show you some beautiful samples. Or maybe we’ll get adventurous and start with a blank sheet of paper and create something just for you.
Dude may have called it maintenance….I call it the start of a new relationship. But what do I know….I’m just a married ol’ lady and he’s…well…..just… young.
My favorite thing…lovely engraved gift tags by Dempsey and Carroll all around.
My journey at TT Patton began during my very last summer break from college-not an easy time to let go-for which I was tasked with the wonderful challenge of teaching writing camps to local youth. Now on winter break, I recently returned to TTP to lend a hand during the season-only to discover an altered atmosphere.
No, I’m not referring to new products-though I can’t keep my eyes off a few. As a college student, a Chicago college student at that, it’s easy to favor summer over winter break (Hello, Lake Michigan!). But there’s one thing winter break has that summer never will: its spirit.
This week alone I have heard both stories that brought my hand to mouth and those that filled me with joy. A woman, grandmother to a young writer, came in to purchase a special journal for her granddaughter who happens to be in a national writing contest. “She has a journal for every mood and every kind of writing,” she told me, “14 going on 40.” I couldn’t help but laugh and appreciate the sentiment-I know the type very personally.
Another shopper was here for just the right pen and stationery to write “the most important letter of his life.” He was so sincere, close to tears. Regardless of your beliefs, this time of year there simply seems to be a stronger collective intention of meaning and to connect to others by sharing our stories.
Maybe we’ll never be collectively as full of this spirit during any other time of year, but as a college student moved enough this season to reconsider my favorite break, I urge you to do what you can to share this spirit all year round. Hint: begin with a smile.
Creative Writing Specialist