corker #7: My Nana! Ruth Stevenson is a spiritual rock in my family. Diligent in her faith, talented in the kitchen, and generous with her love in every way possible. She has witnessed the world change and, rather than getting left behind, has changed along with it. One of my favourite things about my Nana, besides her date squares and butter tarts, are the letters and cards I get from her in the mail. She never misses a moment to share her love. What a corker!
Here I am, a nearly 84 year old Nana, using a computer. To say the least I am amazed at how it has expanded my world.
When I was a little girl I remember watching my Mom write letters and cards to relatives and friends. My Dad was the Pastor of a church, that means there were lots of contacts, which included missionaries in different countries. The only mail there was back then was “snail” mail and postage was 2-3 cents per letter.
My Mom’s letters began “Dear…..” and ended with a loving thought. Imagine, not one bit of punctuation throughout the whole letter! As I grew older, went to school and learned the proper way to write a letter, I would “encourage” my Mom to punctuate her letters – all to no avail. She was so used to “her way” that I gave that up!
The result of this experience showed me how important communication with others, through mail. I began sending cards and letters and many times began and continued special relationships. Then came the time, when, as I became a Mom, my own daughter went off to University. Fortunately, we were very, very close and, from her birth, we were “the best pals in the whole wide world,” which continues to this day. I sent a letter to her every day she was away, and the bond became tighter. I have a large extended family now and they all receive cards for birthdays, etc. In some cases the written letter has become an e-mail and somehow it doesn’t seem as personal.
To me, writing a letter fulfills my desire to remind the recipients how special they all are to me.
(These folks are pretty darn special to me)
More musing from the corker series:
corker #1: Steph Corker -The Remarkable Journey
corker #2: Mike Desjardins – Creating White Space
corker #3: Wesley George – Value and Motivation
corker #4: Adam Martin – A Plea With The Religious
corker #5: Tim Kiladze – Creating the Best Bonds Possible
corker #6: Warren Springer – Egos Shine Bright in the Absence of Stars
Pick of the Post: Peter Hollens – Need You Now