Flo knew the art of keeping in touch—of letting those she loved know it. She loved a lot of people. And she wrote a lot of letters. Right up until her very last day.
Letters From Flo
I really miss my grandmother’s letters and the flowing 1920’s schoolhouse script that filled each page.
In her lifetime she must have written more than 200 letters to me.
The last letter I received from her was written the day that she died.
Active and able at 94, she had run out in the morning for some groceries, a bite to eat and to drop a letter at the post office. That afternoon she pulled into her garage and peacefully died in her parked car while reading—none other than—the mail.
My grandmother knew the art of keeping in touch—of letting those she loved know it. She loved a lot of people. And she wrote a lot of letters. Right up until her very last day.
I remember wondering how on earth she found the time to keep up with everyone—to write all those letters. Then one day I discovered her secret.
A Tip for Keeping in Touch
My grandmother never left the house without a notepad and an addressed and stamped envelope tucked into her well-organized purse.
Letters were penned on the notepad in the spare moments of her day—in the waiting rooms of doctors’ offices, in the school staff lounge, in the car outside the commissary. Then as quick as she had written it, she would tuck the letter into the envelope and pop it in the mail.
That’s how she did it.
She didn’t have to make time to keep in touch. She simply used the spare minutes of her day to say;
“How are you doing?”
“I am here for you.”
“I love you.”
Spare minutes can be found in all of our days. And in this digital age, letters are truly hand-crafted gifts of love. Rachel Stafford of Hands Free Mamma would call them “lifelines” in her book, Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better & Loving More.
“What I believed in and how I loved can be evidenced in my handwriting long after I am gone. Today I will not assume they know how I feel. Today I will tell them by throwing out a lifeline. What really matters in life is literally at my fingertips.” — Rachel Macy Stafford, www.handsfreemama.com
I think today I will tuck a notepad and an addressed and stamped envelope into my purse and just see what spare moments make their way into my day.