In the age of texts and emails, the art of the handwritten note is sometimes lost. I was recently reminded, however, how meaningful it is to receive a bonafide paper-and-ink card in my actual mailbox every once in a while—especially when I need to know I’m seen and cared about.
Don’t get me wrong. I love a text chain with my college friends, and I’m so thankful for FaceTime on account of the fact that I live nearly 800 miles from my immediate family. Technology has its place, and it can be such a blessing. But, over the next few months, I’ll be exploring some of the occasions that truly merit a handwritten message—because they still exist.
First up in the series is “What to Say When You Want to Express Condolence.” We’ve all been there, fumbling over the words to say to a friend who’s recently lost a parent, a sibling, a child, or a close friend. While the written word is never meant to be an excuse to replace an in-person interaction, it can be a nice way to go a little deeper and be more carefully thoughtful in how you express your sincere condolence.
Stay tuned for the first installation of the series, and if there are specific questions or situations you’d like to see addressed in this series, comment below. I’d love to hear from you!