30/08/2015

Snail mail at its best

Over 30 years ago, on a dark, rainy November day on the west coast of Norway. I am a bored teenager dragging myself home from school. A quick look in the mail box: Oooooh. There it is. I can feel a huge smile spreading. A white envelope with tiny blue and red stripes on the sides. A bit dirty, some spots on the front below the colorful stamp of a man in a gorgeous blue shirt and a hat. A letter from a pal. My pen pal, from far far away. From a country I have never heard of. Yay. I cant wait to open it.

Same scenario, only now. Today.
Same feeling of joy. The joy of discovering, in between bills and commercials, an envelope, a real paper letter. From a pal.

But this time from a sweet friend I know through our love for blogging: a friend from a country I know quite a bit about, my adopted country India. And this time I am all grown up. Kind of.

So, who would have known, Tulika dear, that your personal letter could bring tears in my eyes. Of joy. It was very emotional to read so kind words from a connected soul. To read what impression you have of me, what you remember from my writings, what you enjoy. And maybe even more: to learn more about you. I feel like you: this is different than blogging. This is waaaay more personal. This is between you and me. This is Snail mail at its best.

I have loved following your blog, and will do more so from now on. I feel connected to you. We have made it personal. I know you better. And what a wonderful person you are.

Check out Tulikas lovely blog: obsessivemom

PS: And Tulika, know this: after a rough time personally and a total lack of blogging inspiration your letter and to write about this lit a spark in me. Thank you:-)


18 comments:

  1. I can understand how happy you must have felt to hold a handwritten letter :D I am still waiting for mine :)

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    1. Hope you get it dear :-) Great feeling. Hugs

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  2. It's strange how 'What goes around comes around'. Your post couldn't have been better timed. I'm so very glad it brought you back here. Looking forward to hearing more often from you. Hugs Eli.

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    1. Oh, Im so happy to hear that. Biiig hugs back to you dear Tulika

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  3. What a heartwarming post, love is everything and a handwritten letter is the best thing. Greetings to you!

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    1. Thanks a lot, so true. Greetings back and thanks for visiting

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  4. I can totally understand how you must have felt on receiving the letter, Eli! Just the way I did! :-)

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    1. Yay! So happy Shilpa dear. Big hugs

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  5. I love the chain of hand written letters, pouring our emotions. You may get a surprise from me this year:) Glad to see you back, Eli:)

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    1. Oh thats great Vishal! Thanks . Happy to be back, and popping by your blog too:-)

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  6. Lovely experience and I can imagine your happiness. Well back! You were missed around.

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    1. Thanks a lot dear Parul. It means alot to me:-)

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  7. I can totally relate to your excitement on receiving this letter! I loved my snail mail experience too! Wow, Tulika, has such a wonderful handwriting!

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    1. Yes, it was great wasnt it! Felt childish joy:-) Thanks for visiting Shilpa-)

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  8. Ah, a handwritten letter and the excitement around it. It's just amazing, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sid. Yes, just so great fun:-)

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  9. Dearest Eli,
    As much we used to receive snail mail, as little it is nowadays... Guess the handwriting generation that loved to use fountain pen on real paper, is dying out. Like my dear late Mother-in-law, Pieter's eldest brother and my own Mom, they wrote many a letter that I treasured. It is more than the letter, the time that someone takes out to sit down and 'talk' to you on paper; a gift of love!
    Happy for you and yes, I too am quite touched when I still do receive one.
    Sending you warmest hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thanks a lot for sharing Mariette dear. Yes, so true... And then how wonderful it is to receive:-) Warm hugs back to you

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