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The Value of a Handwritten Note

Emily Dickinson once wrote something that describes the value of a handwritten note:

Sunset in a Cup

When was the last time you received a handwritten note?

Are you like me and felt someone had brought you the sunset in a cup? Did you want to leap like new morning and thank the weaver of the “breadths of blue”?

breadths of blue

Yes, this describes perfectly how I feel when I open the box at the end of my drive and find a note written with the hand of dear friend. There’s no glare of a computer screen, and no pop-up distractions. Just for a minute I feel we are connected, no matter the miles that separate us. It’s nice to sit with note in hand and imagine where she sat as she thought of me. To wonder what her day is like and if she knows the value of this sunset in a cup?

Addressing Letters

Decades ago, in Ms. Robey’s English class I read of a woman who sat down every morning to address her letters. I can’t recall the book, but the description comes to mind every time I take out my stationary. (This is my paraphrased version of what I remember.)

The morning sun streamed through the window and cast long beams across the paper and inkwell. She sat her teacup atop a book of poems. Her gaze stretched far across the hills where the clouds cast shadows across the terrain.  The smell of musty paper, ink and steeping tea reminded her of another time.

teacup and poems

Her desk was small and had daintily curved legs with just enough room for her dress and petticoat to fall spaciously to the floor. With pen in hand, she turned her thoughts toward her friend, and began to share her world.

desk and chair

My Small Desk

I bought this desk in 1997 in an antique shop in Mobile, AL.  I stood there daydreaming about a classroom in Trussville, AL.  I remembered the passage from a random story where a woman sat and addressed her letters.  This became my bedside table where I stored my stationary and thanked generous friends for random acts of kindness.


There were stains on the leather from teacups or coffee mugs. I have added a few myself over the years. A cold glass of sweet tea or two with water droplets puddling under the glass. It doesn’t matter to me. It adds character to the desk.

pen and stamps

Spreading out my supplies, I’m ready to address my letters. It was brilliant of the Post Office to introduce forever stamps. It’s just how I feel about my friendships.

The Value of a Handwritten Note

The folded note is an easy way to send a quick note. No need for an envelope, just write the note, fold, seal, address and stamp.

forever stamps

Life unfolds like the opening of a flower…

Each moment bringing its own kind of beauty.

Count the Day Well Spent

Opening Flower

To share these moments with our closest friends and family bonds us to them just like a forever stamp. The value never depreciates. George Eliot said it best:

If you sit down at set of sun                                                                                                                 And Count the acts that you have done,                                                                                                  And, counting, find                                                                                                                             One self-denying deed, one word                                                                                                        That eased the heart of him who heard,                                                                                                  One glance most kind                                                                                                                           That fell like sunshine where it went —                                                                                           Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,                                                                                               You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay—                                                                                                 If, through it all                                                                                                                                   You’ve nothing done that you can trace                                                                                               That brought the sunshine to one face —                                                                                                 No act most small                                                                                                                                 That helped some soul and nothing cost—                                                                                       Then count that day as worse than lost.

One handwritten note can count our day well spent.


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Jess July 19, 2016So cute. 🙂 Love the ideas!

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Jenna July 12, 2016Looks great Kim, new landscaping is almost as good as redecorating! It’s like having a new house!


Lori July 12, 2016Gardening can be so fulfilling! Hoping everything grows, grows, grows!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It! 🙂


Kim BurdetteJuly 12, 2016From your mouth to God’s ear! Thanks for the party, Lori!


Nikki Gwin July 11, 2016Hello from Hueytown! Looks like you found a good landscaper this time. These choices should be much better. Those tea olives, although I love them and I have one of my own, get WAY too big to be that close to your house!
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Kim BurdetteJuly 12, 2016Hello Hueytown! It’s nice to meet you! So glad you stopped by and yes, I agree about the tea olives! They were here when we bought the house.


Christine July 11, 2016Loving the transformation you did! I admit Deer are not routine visitors in my yard due, so I am so sorry! I would be so upset if someone came by and decided my bushes were dinner. LOL
Love your new shrubs, they are going to look amazing when they fill out.Reply

Kim BurdetteJuly 11, 2016Thank you, Christine! It has been quite the challenge to plant things that I love that they don’t!


Laurie at Pride in PhotosJuly 7, 2016Yes, life is just TOO short, for boring anything! Your lawn looks marvelous!


Kim BurdetteJuly 11, 2016Thanks so much, Laurie! You are a dear! The kind I welcome into my backyard!!!


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    January 20, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    July 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Handwritten notes sadly have become rare as we all know because of the convenience of email and text messages. This is why receiving a handwritten message on a pretty stationery feels like getting a gift of words. Lovely post!

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    Sandy Palmer

    July 21, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Your writing desk is wonderful. I am very sad that writing notes is losing way to quick emails and texts, because I still love receiving and sending beautiful handwritten notes.

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    July 20, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Beautiful Kim, handwriting is rapidly becoming a lost art…

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