In my 20’s I worked for Northwest Airlines as a Video and Film Producer and traveled quite a bit. It was a fabulous job. And even when I flew to destinations as exotic as Detroit to interview and tape an Executive, I always loved to fly. Even then, with no obligations back at home, the uninterrupted time in the air forced me to pause, make lists, read and write to my heart’s content. In this day and age, these moments with no connection to the internet, texts, email and social media can feel like a small gift.
So when I found myself headed to and from Portland, Oregon this past weekend, I was elated. The sweet, young woman, Tasya, sitting next to me, holding her one novel, was a bit thrown when I pulled out my half-dozen magazines, journals, and paper goods which might last me through a flight to Asia and back. Oh yes, I was prepared for my unplugged flying time, watch out! And if Tasya didn’t think I was crazy at first, my handy waxed canvas clutch from Spring Finn and Co. (a.k.a. mommy’s letter carrier) full with load of stationery and postcards, stamps, pens, and more, she did now.
Here’s my deal. I am completely dedicated (and adore!) writing letters and in order to keep this love manageable, it’s necessary to keep a selection of cards, a few dozen stamps, pens and my address book on hand and, ultimately, in one location. It’s actually quite simple. My letter carrier holds a variety of stationery including birthdays, celebrations, condolences, thank you’s and blank cards for all occasions.
Merci Beaucoup for Thank You’s
YAY for Congratulations or Birthdays
Spring Onion for Everyday, Thank You’s or Happy Spring!
Lilac and Magnolia for Condolence or an apology
I make time for my letter writing, but, (without sounding too Type A!) it only works if I am prepared with the needed goods. It makes flying a whole lot enjoyable…add in ear plugs, a gin & tonic, and pretzels to the experience, and I’m ready for the friendly skies.