Letters Full of LoveWritten by Teresa Clark
The miracle of a letter is that it’s there to remind you when you lose your way. It refreshes your heart and guides you back to center. It illustrates everything worth fighting for. It testifies when you are holding true to your dreams and plans.
Call me horribly old fashioned - I love letters. Old-fashioned, find-it-in-the-mail-box, hand-written, letters. The kind you can fold up and carry with you and read again and again. There’s nothing quite like a letter. You can run your fingers over the paper knowing the person who wrote you touched the paper too. You can smell them as you read the words. You can trace each loop and dip and know that the person who wrote the letter moved their hand in just such a way. You can tangibly feel the time and effort they spent on the letter. Even if the writer has left this life, you can feel them near. Years after the letter was written you can find it again and re-experience all that you felt the first time you received the letter.
I fell in love through letters. I met my future husband just two weeks before I had to leave. It’s safe to say our entire courtship was through letter writing. We did not live in an age of Skype, or texting, or Vonage, or FaceTime. We couldn’t afford long-distance phone call fees. We wrote letters. On average - three times a week for twenty-four weeks our letters crossed paths back and forth in the mail. When you read those letters you experience our love blooming. From getting to know you to dreaming of a life with you - it all happened in a letter. We didn’t play games, we just offered up our whole hearts and souls to each other.
After we were married the letters were combined into one box and slid onto a shelf in our bedroom closet. No matter where we have lived, they have been there. The miracle of a letter is that it’s there to remind you when you lose your way. It refreshes your heart and guides you back to center. It illustrates everything worth fighting for. It testifies when you are holding true to your dreams and plans.
When was the last time you wrote a letter? Is there someone in your life who needs to tangibly feel how much you love them? Isn’t it time you wrote someone you love a letter?
A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.
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