Are you still wondering what’s on the other side of this big camera? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I think a few words can create thousands of pictures. I worked with a pretty cool film director Randy Young of TAP Productions to pull together this short segment for TT Patton. He started with only a few words…
Have you made a difference
Spread some joy
Had a thought
Have you cared enough for someone to say
I love you
Have you written lately?
TT Patton, Barrington
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Tagged 60010, Barrington, Pens, Stationery, Writing
If you want to start a conversation this time of the year when you walk into a stationery shop, ask this question, “Do people still send holiday cards in the mail when they can send them online?” Arrgh! That’s like going to the dentist asking do people still get their teeth cleaned when there are electronic toothbrushes. Or do people still bake cookies when they can buy them in the grocery store. Or better yet, why cook at all in your own kitchen when there’s probably a restaurant for every food you can imagine.
In the past week or so, over 3500 holiday cards were picked up from TT Patton for mailing; some for business, some for family and friends. For some, it’s the only time of the year they send cards through the mail. In the digital era, it can be hard to get noticed or recognized. But studies have shown people open handwritten envelopes before any other mail they receive. I’ve repeated this study in my home and it’s true!
So in these busy times, take a moment to order or pick up some holiday greeting cards, dig out your address book and spend some quiet time connecting with family and friends. And if you’re lucky, you might be one of those 3500 special families to receive a beautiful holiday card from TT Patton.
I’ve been thinking about thank you notes since just before Thanksgiving. Not to sell in TT Patton, but those I have received. I’ve thought about all notes for that matter as I have boxes of letters and cards that I’ve received at the shop over the years. Occasionally, I’ll go thru them just to remind myself of the thoughtful people who took the time to write me a note. So what to do with them? And what to do with the large collection I have at home?
When I was an Engineering student at Boston University (BU), most of my work was done in the engineering labs. Only the liberal arts students went to the real libraries. But I recall a time during finals when I searched for a quiet place, away from all those I knew, to cram as much as I could. After a quick distraction (or maybe it was a short nap), I found myself in the midst of a collection of writings by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After displaying many of the thank you cards I’ve received in my shop window, it’s only now, just days before the celebration of his birthday, that I wonder why Dr. King selected BU for his collection. Here’s what I found…
September 11, 1964
Questions from the Press (paraphrased): Why did you select Boston University (BU) to be the depository of your personal letters and handwritten manuscripts.
Response from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (paraphrased): 1.) BU is my Alma mater. 2.) BU has meant so much to me in terms of the formulation of my thinking and the ideas that have guided my life. 3. ) BU was desirous enough to have the collection, could give it the right kind of attention and would be responsible enough to make the collection meaningful for the future.
Well, I wonder if BU would be so desirous of my collection of notes? How about yours? Who will covet your handwritten notes? I think I better start building my own room…or get more boxes…