The Expression Of Words
I love to look at the written word because it is a conceptual unit of language that evokes every type of emotion.
Words are the creator of language and our means of communication and expressing thoughts. How to write a note of love, friendship, and apologies is in the hands of each writer.
Words express all feelings: love, hate, fear, calm, sadness, joy, hope, pessimism, positivity, negativity, friendship, and loneliness. Words educate. Words carry news and gossip or make war and peace. They express anger and calm, humor and seriousness. Words can hurt to the core, send shivers up your spine, tickle your fancy, cause you to wonder and cause you to weep and cause you to laugh out loud.
The month of February is the perfect time to sit down at your desk and handwrite notes from your heart. A note of friendship or love or an apology in your handwriting should evoke heartfelt emotion to each recipient. And, if you happen to know someone who is alone, just imagine how special you can make them feel.
WHY WRITE A NOTE
A handwritten note is an expression of one’s feelings. All kinds of good feelings! Last week I received a thank you note from my granddaughter. We went shopping together and chose a special gift. She thanked me, gave me a hug and kiss but did not stop there. About a week later a little pink envelope with a thank you note inside was sitting in my mailbox. She had taken her time to think of me and oh how special she made me feel.
My mother taught me the importance of the handwritten note, my daughters learned from me and my daughters passed this lovely manner of self-expression to my grandchildren.
I have been expressing my feelings in notes since I was in the first grade. My mother bought me little note cards and a pretty pencil set and gave me my first lesson in the importance of writing a thank you note for a birthday gift.
This was my first lesson in acknowledging my gratitude to another person in writing and little did I know until later in my life ‘the little note card’ was my introduction into the wonderful world of feeling gratitude.
Acknowledging Feelings Through Words
To this day I write handwritten notes because I am acknowledging my feelings to someone I care for. After all, it takes time to shop for notepaper, write a message, stamp the envelope, address the envelope and mail the note. Finally, writing a note gives me pleasure.
I stress to all grandmothers to gift your grandchildren on Valentine’s Day with note cards and a pen set. Age does not matter. Write a personal note to them on your note card expressing the importance of putting their thoughts in writing to a special friend, a loved one, a person who is owed an apology and especially to someone who is alone. This is a gift a GRANDWOMAN leaves in her grandchildren’s memory.
February is the month of love. There is no better month than February for you to write that apology that has been on your mind or tell those you love, you love them, and if you know someone who is alone, reach out to them with your caring and loving note.
Here are a few examples of notes I would write depending on the occasion and the reason.
NOTES OF LOVE
Notes of love to a spouse, a significant other, your children and grandchildren or a parent can be short yet poignant.
To my Ultimate Concierge:
“When you became my husband, my life became, complete.
You are the hustle in my bustle, the cream in my coffee, the ride on my wave.
Wherever I am, whatever I am doing… YOU ARE ALL AROUND ME.
I will love you forever,
Note to my Granddaughter on her birthday
Happy birthday, darling granddaughter!
A gift of thoughts I want to leave you in your head:
Live your life on your terms.
Live outside the box. Be curious.
Throw your heart into everything you do.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Be a lifelong learner.
Love till it hurts.
Connect with nature.
I love you to the moon!
Note to my best friend
You are more than my best friend. You are the sister I always wanted. You know how I am feeling by looking at me or hearing my voice. You applaud my passions and tolerate my faults. You are always happy for me.
You are my best friend, my therapist, my sidekick, my sister. Your smile, your laughter, your friendship, your sweetness, and knowledge… brightens my life.
Thank you for being the sister I always wanted.
Love and friendship forever,
Note to a Lonely Person
Loneliness afflicts people at every stage of life. If you know a person who is lonely… remember… people need people. Be a GRANDWOMAN and invite someone to spend time with you. Valentine’s Day is 12 days away. You have time to put your note in the mail.
An example of a note you can write to them:
Dear Aunt Bee,
Please be my Valentine this year?
I love you so much and often think of the wisdom you left me in my head. I carry you in a special place in my heart for so many reasons. Thank you for always giving me your time and attention.
Let’s have a Valentine’s lunch date! I will pick you up at noon on Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait for our date. I am smiling.
I love you,
NOTE OF APOLOGY
Saying I am sorry is difficult for many people. Personally, I think an apology shows a person’s strong moral compass. To admit you were wrong takes courage and acknowledges correctness. The person on the other end should be forgiving but has the choice to forgive or walk away. That is the risk you take, but in my opinion, it is worth its weight in gold.
I am sorry for my actions and I take full responsibility for upsetting you. I made a mistake and I apologize for speaking out before I thought. I’m truly sorry I hurt your feelings. I value you as my close friend and hope we can continue our friendship. Will you please be my Valentine?
Well Darlings, let’s enjoy love this month and talk about all types of love and how we can help those who need our love.
Have a lovely day.
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