The Power of the Hand Written Note

22 Nov

We live in a fast paced society and where everything is online.  We have text messages, email, facebook, twitter, you name it, this technology in it’s own right is fabulous for certain purposes but we are loosing the personal touch with one another.  As well as teaching our children that it is ok to have relationships just electronically and not face to face, phone call to phone call or more importantly hand written on paper.

This time of year is my favorite time of year.  The song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”  is an understatement.   I wish we could all live to be thankful and celebrate the meaning of Christmas all year long! We are coming up on the Thanksgiving Holiday and one of the many things I am thankful for is my parents really taught and instilled in me, “The Power of the Hand Written Note”.  My Mother and Father sat me down at a young age and we hand wrote thank you notes for my birthday parties, sent Birthday Cards, Congratulations Cards, a card “Just Because”, Sympathy Cards, Christmas Cards…  They led and still lead me by example, still sending notes, and cards today.

Like I said we live in such a fast paced society and people don’t take the time to breathe for prayer, meditation, never the less sit down hand write, address and stamp a hand written note.  And when I say time, we may be talking 5-10 minutes tops.  You know when I sit down to write a note or I think of someone when I’m looking at cards and I take the time to think of them, hand write them, you have no idea how much I believe it means to people.  Everyone, especially in this economy, when they check their mail, it’s full of bills and junk mail, and when they receive a hand written note or card that was picked out for them, I can tell you it means a lot.

You never know what someone is going through at that moment in time when they receive your thoughtful note.  You could be a big part of their life just for taking the time to think of them and hand write them.  And more importantly you are being a thoughtful and caring person in this society, which I believe speaks volumes.  Unfortunately, some/most of our youth of our time are not appreciative and have an “entitlement” mentality.  There are many reasons why I believe this is so, but I honestly believe that if you teach your children “The Power of the Hand Written Note”  it is a huge life lesson, it’s not just the act of writing a thank you note or sending birthday card.  For me, I learned to always think of others before myself.  To care.

I want to thank my Mother, Joey Rothfuss and my Father, David Ruddle for teaching me for what I believe to be a life long lesson at a young age that has played a major role of who I am.  I am so proud of so many things you taught me and thankful that you took the time to teach me the “Power of the Hand Written Note”.  I can promise you that I will pass this on to my precious daughter, I’ve already started.  She will help me write her thank you notes for her birthday this year.

I hope my words spoke to you and if you haven’t been taking the time to write someone in a while, I would love if you would.  I know that it would mean the world if you took the time to write your Mom, your Dad, your Grandmother, help your child write their Grandma or Grandpa.  Just take the time to let them know what you are doing and that you love them and are thinking of them.  I can promise you that piece of paper with ink is more precious than any expensive gift you can get on Black Friday.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Christmas Season!

All my love to you XOXO,


4 Responses to “The Power of the Hand Written Note”

  1. Sarah Beth Irby November 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    You have a great way with words, and I couldn’t agree with you more!! A hand written letter is more than just a letter. ESP now a days. Thank you for reminding me, I think I’ll write someone tomorrow :)) Happy Thanksgiving!!


  2. Cotie Bridges November 23, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Meredith this is wonderful! I know that i owe my grandmother (BEBE) everything for teaching me the “Power of the Handwritten Note”. I’m so blessed to have her and to be able to learn from her as well as your father, my wonderful uncle. I agree handwritten notes, can brighten anyones day as they go to check their mail. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. See you all very soon.



  3. Alison May November 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    The handwritten note is a piece of history which grows more precious over time. A special scrapbook or pretty hatbox of cherished scripts can be a comfort and reminder of those who care.
    And to think, there are schools which no longer teach longhand!


  4. Candace November 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    So true~ thank you Meredith for reminding me of this important lesson. I’m inspired by your words. I love you 🙂


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