August 28, 2016 § 6 Comments
Over the past few months, I’ve received a series of love notes written on bananas. They cannot be tucked away and saved, so I have photographed them for continued enjoyment. For you inspiration, here is a small sampling.
I’m all in favor of creative celebrations of love. Have you ever received a love note in a form that delighted you as much as the message? Do you consider good nutrition an act of love? Will you now be writing someone a banana note?
December 19, 2012 § 2 Comments
September 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
I love this idea so much. So much!
Lexington Park Library has recently implemented a new learning center for kids that is centered around creating and delivering mail. When they visit the library, kids are encouraged to write letters to well-known characters from children’s books. After the letters are written, the writer hand-delivers the letters to the mailboxes that are mounted in different places around the department. There is even a letter carrier costume for kids to wear when they are delivering the letters.
Building literacy skills + writing to story book characters + playing letter carrier = nothing but WIN!
March 18, 2012 § 4 Comments
My husband is not a letter writer. He does not own stationary or letterhead. When the rare occasion arises that he has something to mail, he does not have stamps on hand. And yet, he gets it. He writes me presents and he leaves me everyday notes. It makes my day whenever I find one. And not knowing where I’m going to find one is part of the fun. So, with full credit to my own sweet love and the intent of inspiring you to write and hide notes of your own, I present:
7 Places to Post Your Hand-Delivered Missives
Some notes need to be passed directly from the hand of the writer to the hand of the recipient. Others need to be highly visible so they are seen as soon as possible. But others are less time sensitive and those are the ones that can be delivered via a wide array of objects, repurposed as personal post offices. If you’re looking for a place to post your latest scribble, here are a few locations to consider.
1. A lunch box:
2. A tea cup:
3. A pillow:
4. A being-read book:
5. The refrigerator:
6. A laptop:
7. The dining room table:
There are so many words, which can be tucked into so many places, to let someone know you love them. Don’t stress over finding the perfect turn of phrase. Keep it short and sweet, tuck it somewhere it will be found, and know that you will make someone’s day brighter and more interesting. Love is an everyday thing, so put your words out there instead of saving them for a special occasion.
Don’t get stuck thinking love notes are just for significant others. Next time you visit your mom, a dear friend, a favorite uncle, or anyone else who you just adore, take a tiny love note and–when nobody is watching– slip it into the silverware drawer, hide it under a jar of nails on the workbench, or prop it on a windowsill. When you head home, you’ll do so knowing that someone you love will soon be making an unexpected and delightful discovery.
October 24, 2011 § 4 Comments
“The P. O. was a capital little institution, and flourished wonderfully, for nearly as many queer things passed through it as through the real office. Tragedies and cravats, poetry and pickles, garden seeds and long letters, music and gingerbread, rubbers, invitations, scoldings, and puppies.”
from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, chapter 10, “The P. C. and P. O.”
In case you’ve never read Little Women, let me provide a bit of context for this quote. The “P. O.” in question was a martin house repurposed as a small post office and set up in the hedge between the March family’s home and the house of the boy-next-door, Laurie. With padlocks on the doors and each household in possession of a key, the P. O. became a place where “letters, manuscripts, books, and bundles” were exchanged between the denizens of the two houses. I was enamored of this idea when I read (and reread) Little Women as a child.
♥I still love it.♥
What’s not to like about a post office designed to deliver missives (not to mention fascinating bits of miscellany) from dear ones? No bills. No junk mail. No ad fliers. Nothing but mail that makes you smile, laugh, blush, get a bit teary (in a good way), and know you’re loved. The idea of a personal P. O. delights me in the same way that Little Free Library makes my book-loving heart go pit-a-pat. They are both intimate institutions that bring people together to connect with each other, with ideas, and with a sense of fun. Excuse me for a moment while I skip around with great glee over the mere thought that such things exist. What joy!
If you love the idea of a personal P.O. and just cannot wait until the idea catches on, you can capture the coziness of the experience by hand-delivering a note to someone who lives close by. Don’t panic. I promise this is easy as pie and won’t take much of your time.
When a friend recently ran her first 5K, I slipped by her house on the morning of the race and left this on her porch:
I could have sent her the same message as a text with 100 characters to spare, but it seemed to me that her effort and accomplishment deserved a little extra effort of my own. The beauty of it is that while it took slightly longer than texting, it was so simple to pull off. The note was written on a piece of scrap paper and the flowers (snipped from my garden) were arranged in an old mustard jar. Easy-peasy! Now it’s your turn to give it a try! Just scribble a note, drop it off, and make someone’s day a little bit brighter. Let me know how it goes, okay?
Oh, and if anyone wants to help kick-start the personal P.O. movement or become a benefactor and fund a Little Free Library, my front garden would be an ideal location for the establishment of such institutions. Hey, who knows what dreams might come true if I put the idea out there, right? :)