I was having one of those days us journalists often have: a day where I struggled with what story to write, how much time I'd love to spend on it and the unnerving reality of never having enough moments to tell it.
And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I don’t do anyone any good when I have those days so I turned to what helps ground me when there’s just too, too much happening in this noggin of mine and I get acupuncture from a dear friend of mine, Christie Kern.
Christie and I always have wonderful discussions before and after my treatment and she has these wonderful ideas that always demonstrates her selflessness. She told me about an event she was having at her shop tonight called a “love letters party,” which tonight at 7 p.m. at her shop Racine Community Acupuncture, 4344 Douglas Ave.
What a wonderful idea, I thought.
“What is it?” I asked.
Christie explained that it was a concept she learned from a TED Talk video made by Hanna Brencher, a woman from New York, who started writing love letters to complete strangers and leaving them all over New York. She then started a letter writing movement called “The World Needs More Love.”
“I posed a kind of crazy promise to the Internet: that if you asked me for a hand-written letter, I would write you one, no questions asked,” Brencher said. “Overnight my inbox morphed into this harbor of heartbreak.”
Christie said the event was for her friend’s mother, whose relative had again been experiencing health problems. But she wanted people to feel free to write love letters to anyone.
This got me thinking about what makes a good Valentine’s Day present? When’s the last time you told the love of your life how you really feel about them? Are love letters better than candy, better than dinner with your sweetheart, better than that slinky something or other?
So I started asking some people all over Patch land about what they thought and here’s what you came up with:
Mimi Z Doesn't matter to me. It's great to be remembered.
John Smith ME lol.
Monica Walsh A vacuum.
Kathy Grom Dinner at Jackson Grille - I want quiet time together where we are both treated special, not material things.
Aimee Anderegg Just being with that special someone and hugs!!
Jane Burch Diamond's
Terri Hart-Ellis Little kid hands, scissors, paste and maybe some glitter.
Angela DeGrave A gift someone actually put the time, effort and thought into it!
What do you think?
And by the way, if you are interested in coming to the love letter party, feel free.