My dear friend Megan and I live approximately 598.86 miles apart and have existed this way for 270 days… but who’s counting? Fortunately I have it on good authority (and by that I mean an unofficial site on the world wide web) that April 27 is National Write An Old Friend (WAOF) Day. Finally, a reason to communicate.
**I should point out that the word “old” in this context is understood to represent the duration of the friendship and not necessarily the age of the correspondence recipient. Age restrictions are only enforced on Write An Elderly Friend Day and should not be prohibitive for the purpose of this exercise.**
In the spirit of celebrating many future WAOF Days together I am going back to the roots of the kind of suspenseful, heartfelt correspondence so fraught with powerful emotion it actually warranted oversight by a Postmaster General. I’m referring to none other than an old fashioned letter, composed on one of what I affectionately call, the Twin Typewriters. Behold!
I found these beauties at a local consignment store and (since it was recently Megan’s birthday, may she live long and prosper) I decided to dress hers up like a real present and not the failed attempt at a handbag-out-of-an-old-t-shirt I gave her last year… you know the one I mean.
ANYWAY, I found an encyclopedia of pop culture and mod podged our favorite famous people (and some not so famous people) all over the outside of the case.
It was a huge improvement and, in my opinion, made it look quite literary.
So, there you have it. A tribute to long distance friendship through the ages. Now go out and celebrate National WAOF Day by dropping your long lost pal a line or two. Lick that envelope and let them know they’re worth the $0.42 it cost to send a little DNA their way. Give someone something worth tying with a ribbon and keeping in a box for the rest of time. And, if you must, I suppose your communique can be in the form of an e-mail, face book comment, text, tweet, or whatever as long as you acknowledge that it’s cheating… it is you know.
Look forward to future posts on the art of letter communication.