Welcome to Little Letters, 01.2018, the first post this year of Kristen’s therapeutic letter-writing series. Discovered the Little Letters posts through my friend Katie. Jumped in myself in September. Immediately found writing these notes to be a kind of (temporary) release or an impromptu celebration. Used to write posts I entitled “Little Miracles”. And sometimes these letters reflect little miracles in my life.
Little Letters, 01.2018
Letters to Inanimate Objects (Which Can’t Read)
Dear Right Gray Shoe,
How in the world did you wind up on a hanger in my closet? I know I wore you over the weekend in Albuquerque. Then when I got home, I couldn’t find you, just your sister. Who, it might be noted, was in my overnight bag where she should have been. When I removed her from my bag, you were no longer a pair because you were nowhere to be found. I called my daughter to see if I left you behind, but no. Went to Walmart to pick up some groceries and almost replaced you and your partner with a new pair. But that seemed silly and wasteful because I knew you had to be somewhere. Looked all over the bottom of my closet, in the hamper with the dirty clothes from my trip, even in the washing machine in case you attached yourself to clothes in there. It seems that when I was looking down, I should have been looking up because that’s where I found you. Strategically balanced between two hangers like a circus act. Glad to have back where you belong.
Yes, friends, that shoe is balancing on the hanger. What the???
Dear Oleander, Peach and Japanese Plum Tree Leaves,
For the record, I am not at all impressed with how long it has taken you to fall. And that all ya’ll, each and every low down, cotton pickin’ one of you, chose to fall right into the pool during last night’s wind storm. Just now spent the better part of an hour trying to vacuum you up from the bottom of the pool with very little luck. I can see you all huddled up in a bundle in each of our vacuum hoses blocking off all suction. But I’ll show you. Yes, sir. I’ve had a pool before. You aren’t playing with some amateur pool cleaner here. Have just ordered a commercial sized Millard leaf rake with deep bag and heavy duty mesh net. And on Tuesday, when it arrives, we’ll just see who’s boss.
Dear New Blue Sheets,
PEACE is my word for 2018. My focus is on preparing myself for restful, restorative sleep. I’m unplugging by 9:00 pm, reading before bed, and attempting to ease the tension in my body when I finally turn off the light. My PC and I purchased you on New Year’s Eve to replace a favorite set of especially soft sheets that had sprung a whole in them.
Aside: How do sheets get holes in them anyway? From sleeping hard???? I mean, we are in our 50s for heaven sake! Nothing else is going on in there that would wear a hole.
We both chose you…robin egg blue…over all of the other colors available at the sheet stand in the outlet mall. Your soothing color and the silkiness of your 1800 Egyptian cotton thread count envelope me in relaxation every night when I climb into bed. Thank you!
Letter to An Animate Object (Who May or May Not Read)
Dear Mark T. Davis,
On 12.13.2017, my husband and I hired you to represent us in suing our pool builder over the issues with our new swimming pool. When we paid the retainer fee of $2500 by check, it was explained that a file would be opened and we would be hearing from you soon. It is now 4 weeks and 1 day later and we have heard nothing. We have called your office with several questions and were assured that someone would call with the answers 10 days ago. But nothing. Just wondering if we will need to sue the lawyer we had hired to sue the pool company? Sadly, inefficiency and poor work ethic abound in El Paso, Texas.
Letter to A Friend (Who Definitely Reads)
Dear Mary Clewley,
Thank you for inviting me to do a live-streaming or streaming-live video for your third annual Self~Care for Women Faceboook gathering. I was delighted at your suggestion that the participants of your group might enjoy hearing about my bucket lists. And while I was pretty nervous and talked a mile a minute, I got through it! What a great exercise in trying something outside of my comfort level. Thank you for that little push and for your kind support.
P.S. Please hurry and finish your A Beautiful Life: 101 Prayers and Affirmations workbook. I finished my third of your Bible study workbooks yesterday. Stopped by your store to order the next in the series only to find out it is ‘coming soon’. Hope so!
I hope that when the time comes for next month’s Little Letters post, I will have nothing but praise to write. So tired of this almost year-long nightmare that is our pool. Bet you are tired of me belly-aching about it, too. At least there is some comfort knowing that 4 other families are also suing our builder. It wasn’t that he just didn’t like us! Ha!
Is there a little letter of gratitude or frustration you would like to write? Feel free to write away in a comment below. I’ll keep it just between you and me. It’s so cathartic. Try it!
Think I am going to take a nap. Feeling kind of snorky today. Rarely under the weather but both of my girls and their girls were coughing and sneezing and sickly when we were together last weekend. Besides, hopping around on one foot all week because I couldn’t find my other gray shoe was exhausting. So glad I can return to walking like a normal person. About the only normal thing I do.
Hugs and kisses,