Nota Bene

img_0231Notecard with Fleur-de-Lis Lined Envelope by Crane Stationary.

In addition to keeping Thank You cards handy for any occasion warranting it, I find it’s good to have general note cards as well. They can suit any occasion from a simple hello to wishing someone when they need it. I also like to have them for that moment where I’ve run into someone I haven’t seen in a long time. We’ll have that “It’s good to see you chat,” exchange long-lost contact information, and I’ll mail them out the card as a keep in touch gesture.

While it’s nice to write a letter to someone, sometimes a short word count is all one needs to say, “I’m thinking about you.” Write one sentence or two, and that succinct little thought will arrive to the recipient to make their day.

Like the Thank You cards, the note cards come in a variety of colors and patterns, ranging from very simple and elegant to wild and quirky. Also, art supply stores like Blick sell blank ones to do artwork on or paste a photo on the front. The potential for expressiveness is endless.

Like the Thank You card, this is something I’ve stopped doing recently and I would like to do it more. Even though many of my friends live in San Diego, I don’t see them all the time, and this is a thoughtful way to say hello. A simple e-mail would do the trick, but it’s likely to get lost in their inboxes. I’ve let e-mail pile up as well, so a card definitely stands out. My good friend Sharon is very savvy with e-mail use; however, she is very good about mailing out the notes, thank you’s, and other kinds of paper greetings. She’s definitely my example in taking up this custom again.

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