I know you enjoy playing with worms. However, I do not appreciate finding worms in my bedroom. From now on, please leave your worms in the yard.
Dear Household Plant,
Please don’t give up and die. Please keep fighting for survival. We (the Thaler family) enjoy your wonderful smell and appreciate your fly repelling capabilities. We apologize for not taking proper care of you. For whatever we did wrong, we are truly sorry and we promise to make amends.
Did we give you to much water or not enough water? Did we allow you to spend to much time in the sun, or not enough time in the sun? Did we fail to give you the appropriate plant food? Was there something else you desperately needed from us and we failed to provide it?
Since you are unable to speak, we have called an expert to answer theses questions. We promise to do better in the future and provide for your needs. We desire for you to be a thriving member of the house, so please don’t die.
The Thaler Family
In an age like ours, which is not given to letter writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people’s lives. – Anatole Broyard
The book, To the Letter, gives a brief overview of the history of written correspondence. Simon Garfield explains how the development of a postal service, within a nation, was a sign of prosperity and future success.
The book also has samples of letters written by famous individuals and letters written by average people during major historic events.
According to Simon Garfield:
- There is an intrinsic integrity about letters that is lacking from other forms of written communication.
- At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to by irreversible, “To the Letter” is a rallying cry to put pen to paper and create a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.