― Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
I wrote a real old fashioned letter the other day. You know the kind I'm talking about, on paper, with an envelope, and postage stamp. It actually felt funny, and strangely nostalgic. Even though I rarely send them, I am dreading the day they are totally obsolete. I wouldn't consider myself a hoarder, just a romantic. There are several boxes of correspondence, letters with lovely postal marks, stamps, familiar handwriting sharing small slices of life, that I can't bear to part with. They are little preserved banners, saluting the glory of love and friendship, the simple things in life.
image: Mr. Hulings' Rack, 1888, detail, by William Michael Harnett