My boys just got this great book for Christmas. It’s a beautifully illustrated, sweetly narrated story about a little boy who has an idea and how he takes a journey with it. In the beginning of the book, the “idea” is portrayed as a golden egg with a crown and the boy and his environment are rendered in black and white. They travel together and the boy at times finds his “idea” to be silly or he’s afraid of what others might think of it, but he continues on with it, eventually realizing its importance and worth. He nurtures it, “feeds” it and “shelters” it and by the end of the book, the idea has cracked out of its shell and has colored the world…and the pages of the book. The final page reads, “And then, I realized what you do with an idea…you change the world.”
When I first read it to the boys, I had tears in my eyes, I was so moved by the story and its beautiful message. Ideas and how to manifest them swim inside my brain to no end. Creative ideas, mostly…but also ideas about how to be a piece of this global puzzle, how to be a good example of kindness and charity to my boys, how to share my gifts and by doing so, making people smile along the way.
A few days later, I picked up another book that I had on hold at the library called, “Snail Mail My Email” More than just a book, it’s a full-blown movement; “a worldwide community art project where volunteers handwrite strangers’ emails and send physical letters to the intended recipients, free of charge.” When I heard about this, I thought…I want to be a part of this!! (One can sign up to be a volunteer and I will be looking into a way to do that this year.)
I’ve always loved to write by hand, the feeling of ink sliding across paper…my boxes of journals, postcards and letters are a testament to that. Admittedly I’ve slowed down since the birth of communicating via texts, emails and social media. But there is nothing like receiving a handwritten note, card or letter in the mail…the personal touch and spirit of the person sending it comes through in a way that just can’t be emulated by technology. It elicits the same response as receiving a handmade gift…something which is crafted with love and purpose and made by the human hand. There is no comparison.
The next day after picking up this book, I heard the great (and cheesy in a good kind of way) love song from The Bellamy Brothers called, “Let Your Love Flow” while driving to the store.
Just let your love flow like a mountain stream
And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams
And let your love show and you’ll know what I mean
It’s the season
Let your love fly like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you to all living things
And let your love shine and you’ll know what I mean
That’s the reason
BAM!!!!!!!!!!!! I had my idea. I could combine the spirit of Snail Me with You Are Loved! Sending out the ultimate gift of handmade love…it’s a synthesis of all of the aforementioned ideas of mine.
You email me your letter to be hand-written, along with the recipient’s address and I will design and write your letter and send it along with a crochet heart. Don’t think too hard about it…it could be as simple as saying, “I miss you” to a friend across the country or “I’m so happy that we are friends.”
All you have to do is leave me a comment to this post and I will forward you my email address where we can exchange the needed information.
It’s sort of like my first blog-giveaway, but really I’m thinking of it more as following this simple mantra:
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso