It seems my secret plot is working! My hope that by making my art into cards, more people will send real mail! My cards are selling fast at two local shops (Artzi Stuff in Nanaimo and Village Foods here on Gabriola). Tonight I am packaging up some new cards to take to the stores and hoping that this is not just a Valentine’s trend, that people will continue to share their love and words through mail, real old fashioned mail.
This week we mailed off our own love notes to our family, including my grandparents. I enclosed some old photos to honour their love, a love so big that it still holds them together in their nineties. Even as my Granny’s mind cannot remember what day it is or where she is, she knows my Grandpa. To her, he still is “such a great dancer….such a dreamboat”. Though she no longer writes to us, she still gets joy from our notes and photos. She cannot navigate a phone or computer anymore, but she can still hold our letters in her hands & “hear” our stories through our words. All thanks to good old-fashioned mail.
Yes, I will continue to hope that my plot to keep real mail alive will work. I hope that when I am old and grey there will be letters and photos coming to me from my far flung family. I know I will continue to write to them as long as I am able.
P.S. Don’t you think this new card design is perfect for Valentine’s Day? I am pretty sure that oystercatchers exchange periwinkles with their loved ones…..they seem to be the perfect intertidal bonbon!