So I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with Wes Anderson's RUSHMORE and the awesomeness that is Max Fischer, but perhaps you are familiar with his campaign in the movie to save Latin.
And I'm really not a snob about it, letters are letters. I love getting mail. I love the curly love notes of congratulations from our dear Lola (see below...yes, she's made of that much win). But I also love the long emails of "good things" that I get from my author friends at the Fourteenery.
The other day on Twitter, Sherman Alexie said, "As people once fell in love with one another while reading/writing letters so they fall in love by writing/reading emails." This is exactly right. It's not the mode, it's the words. We still fall in love through letters. We still fall in love through the written word. I never want people to give up writing letters. Because when you write a personal letter, you are giving someone a piece of yourself.
So my kindness for this week is to write letters. To encourage you to write letters. Sometimes we get so focused on our book-writing that we forget the power of a letter. But this weekend, I received a letter from a friend that moved me so much, I reread it half a dozen times throughout the day. And it made me sit down and not only write back, but also write to another friend. SAVE LETTERS. It's a kindness to everyone.