In this modern world of technology, overflowing with text messages, e-mails, etc… there is nothing than can replace a handwritten letter received in the mail by a loved one. Nothing.
Writing is art. It is the expression of the mind and the heart, flowing out from the individual, onto paper, in a way that creatively expresses them. It is an expression of self that many do not experience because it is so different from an ordinary conversation. And yet, many say that hand-writing is dead.
I was told that schools will no longer teach cursive because it has been replaced with computers. This saddens me. The more we use man-made technology, the more we should realize that hand-writing is very much a necessity. When the computer crashes, or the power is out, there is still pen and paper and candlelight.
I love to write letters and surprise my family with them, you know, tuck one in my hubby’s pants pocket or work shirt while he isn’t looking, so that he’s greeted with a little surprise later in the day. Something short and sweet, that puts a smile on his face. I love to surprise my boys with little letters in a packed lunch for a field trip, or by their pillow when they wake in the morning telling them how blessed I am, that God chose ME to be their mother.
Our sons have picked up on this and in return surprise US with random letters every now and then, and I know it’s something they will carry into their marriages one day and do special little things like this for their wife and children.
Writing is not dead, it’s very much alive. It’s a necessity. It’s creativity.
Some of my favorite memories include handwritten letters that were sent by my aunt. I remember it smelling of roses. She would spritz the envelopes and letters with her favorite perfume. Today, I would love to challenge you to write a handwritten letter to someone special. Consider adding a favorite scent to waft by their nasal passages and stir up a special memory as they slowly pull your letter out of the envelope.
Aromatherapy is powerful in that it reaches the limbic center of our brain, putting scents together with memories, sparking days of old that may have been forgotten.
What’s YOUR Scent?
What’s your favorite memory? Who were you with? What do you remember? Was there a certain smell that you place with that memory? For example, Christmas brings with it the wonderful aromas of spices and scents of pine, evergreen and more. Fall offers woodsy scents mixed with that of baking breads and pumpkin pies. Spring brings the floral fragrances and summer has the smell of citrus. How about an emotion such as pure joy, gratitude, inspiration or romance. No matter the occasion or situation, I can guarantee there’s an essential oil for it.
For me, I would have to say that cinnamon would be the essential oil of choice when it comes to my boys. We LOVE to bake oatmeal cookies on rainy days together. When they are older and have family’s of their own, this is a scent I know that will jump out and warm their hearts immediately. A scent that will take them back to the times we spent together in the kitchen, where we weren’t just baking cookies, we were making memories.
Make a Scented Letter
You will need the following:
- Essential oil of your choice
- spay bottle that mist (not squirt)
DIRECTIONS: In your spray bottle add 1 Tbsp of water. Than add 5-6 drops essential oil and shake well. Lightly mist the spray onto your paper and than test it to see if it’s scented enough for your liking . If not, spritz paper again. Than set aside to dry for a few minutes. You can even place in a plastic ziploc bag and seal, setting aside until it dries. Usually about 10 minutes. When dried, test to be sure your fragrance is still to your liking. If not, repeat process until it is. You are now ready to write your letter.
“The fragrance lingers in the hand that gives the rose.” (stamp on front of card)
~May you enjoy the art of writing with you and yours as you create memories that last a lifetime.~
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