Jamie was my BFF in middle school. Though we were inseparable at the time, we drifted apart in high school and thereafter.
Over the past ten years, we rediscovered our friendship and have been trying it on as maturing adults.
Something lovely has happened recently: we’ve started writing letters. By hand. The kind you have to put a stamp on and drag your butt to a mailbox to send.
I see it as a way to use up my embarrassingly large stockpile of note cards and stationery. But it’s more than that. It’s nostalgic. It reminds me of the notes we used to write, carefully fold, and pass to each other in the hallways between classes.
I feel a little sorry for those who are wed to digital texts and social platforms – and the kids who will never know the joy that those paper notes can bring.
And there is something joyful about handwriting on paper.
I’ve always encouraged clients to distinguish themselves by sending handwritten cards (with their art on them) in the mail. The message you share is sincere and introduces people to or reminds them of your art.
Here are 21 reasons (as if you needed them) to send a card to a friend or potential friend.
Thank You So Much
This is a gimme. Of course you send handwritten thank-you cards to collectors and people who have been generous with you.
But who else can you send gratitude to? Perhaps …
1. Your blog has been such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing it with us.
2. I loved the podcast episode you did on <insert topic>. Ever since I listened to it, I …
3. Thank you for sharing my art with your Facebook followers. It means the world to me!
Let’s Celebrate This Quirky Holiday
Christmas, Hanukkah, and Valentine’s Day are big occasions for sending cards, so why not differentiate yourself and send a note on an unexpected holiday.
4. April 30 is Honesty Day. I have to be honest: I miss you.
5. My calendar says that August is Left-Handers Day, so I’m sending a note of appreciation to my favorite Lefty … You!
6. ?yaD sdrawkcaB si 13 yraunaJ taht wonk uoy diD
Hi, I’m Your New Neighbor
I’ve lived in neighborhoods where nobody speaks to one another and those where everyone knows everyone else. I've found the latter is much more enjoyable. Consider these if you have someone new on your street.
7. Welcome to the neighborhood! I live 4 houses down and would love to have you over for coffee when you get settled.
8. Welcome! Since you’re new here, I’ve enclosed a list of my favorite nearby resources. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need anything.
9. Welcome to the block! I hope you can use this coupon I picked up for my favorite local restaurant.
You Are On My Mind
Think of all the times during your week when you recall a fond memory of someone. Next time, use these as opportunities to reconnect with an old friend.
10. I had mint chocolate chip ice cream the other day and was thinking about the time when …
11. I am reading <insert book title>. On page 46, the heroine <insert action>. It made me think of the time when …
12. Lionel Richie just came on the radio and I couldn’t help thinking of you.
Job Well Done
Next time you’re tempted to type Congratulations on Facebook, reach for your paper and pen instead.
13. Your first grandchild – congratulations! Though I’m pretty sure you’re far too young to be a grandfather.
14. Wow! I heard you won that award thingy. That’s so cool!
15. I saw you finished that 5k race you had been working toward. Nice job!
When you discover a new resource, share it with those who will appreciate it.
16. Hey, have you seen the new show at the museum? I really think you’d like it because <insert reason>.
17. I know you’re a sucker for macaroni & cheese. The new restaurant on 13th Street has the best homemade mac & cheese with green chiles.
18. Enclosed is an article I thought you’d enjoy based on our conversation about <insert topic>.
It’s Our Anniversary
Facebook has a way to remind you of memories, but you can take it a step further and send a real-life note card in the real-life mail.
19. It’s been two years since you purchased <insert name of piece> from me. I hope it still brings you joy.
20. I can’t believe it’s been three years since we met at that workshop. From the looks of your website, your art has flourished.
21. Thirty years ago we started college together and here we are … still friends. I am so grateful we met.
How do you use handwritten notes to spread joy and build relationships?