Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Canadian Living Magazine fame for letter writing!
I just finished up my Letter of the Month for March. Those joy-filed envelopes are now happily flying their way on the angel-winged miracle that is the postal service. Soon they will arrive in mailboxes around the world to turn frowns upside down.
Once such envelope made it's way all the way to Canadian Living Magazine and has been featured here. Joy of joys! Click, forward, comment, share, tweet, etc. if you please.
I like to imagine me from my prior life as a subscriber to the Letter of the Month. Back when I lived in Los Angeles and worked in an advertising agency. I arrive at the mailbox at the end of the day. I am tired and hungry. I have a heavy computer bag slung over my shoulder. I have a box of Chinese food in one hand, my mailbox key in the other.
I take a big sigh, knowing the visa bill is due to arrive. I open the mailbox and yank out the pile. I toss the flyers, some of which were actually created in my advertising agency. I exclaim, "They went with that stupid headline again?" I think back to writing alternate headlines for this piece. Evidently an exercise in futility since my headlines were so clearly ignored. I shake my head as I toss the flyers in recycling. I chuck the Chico's catalog, too, and wonder how I ever got on their mailing list.
And then I see the Letter of the Month. "Mmmmmm" I say. It's here.
I walk my load up to my apartment, drop everything inside the door except the letter. I collapse onto the couch and open it.
I am transported to a life in Paris, where I meander down cobblestone streets and duck into bakeries. Where I sip wine with friends at cafés as we nibble our way through a cheese tray. Where I say things like, Bonjour and Ca va? And people reply back in kind. Oui! Ca va.
As I lay on the couch, I decide that it's time to do this thing. Time to take the plunge. Time to start living the dreams. It's time to let myself go. I whip out my notebook and start jotting down the steps it will take to get there.
The Chinese food grows cold.
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Posted by Janice MacLeod