I love coffee and I love writing letters so it seems natural to me that the two should go together. Lord Byron once said, “Only in letter writing do we have solitude and society simultaneously” but Byron was wrong. I can enjoy solitude and society while writing letters in a coffee shop.
There I am sitting at my very own table. Even if there are empty chairs at my table no one ever intrudes. I am alone. That’s solitude. No bodies are sitting with me or talking to me, but I’m not completely alone. I have my letter friend and their letter which I am answering. That’s society. I also can enjoy people watching. It’s fun for me to see what people are wearing and who they’re talking to and what they’re doing at their own tables.
I write letters every day at home, but it’s nice to get out every now and then. I may not want to go to lunch or shopping or visiting friends, but I just might like to get out of the house, changing the scenery. For the price of a cup of coffee I can have a grand old time writing letters at a coffee shop.
Luckily there are quite a few coffee shops in my very own town of Hudson. I realize not everyone is so lucky. I have a Starbucks and a Panera and an independently run shop on Hudson’s Village Green. There’s also a Restore. But when I was out enjoying a Country Inn Day in the town of Burton, Ohio I stumbled upon a coffee shop that had a number of rooms within it and they were amazing. You’d think you were in someone’s home. Look and see what I mean.
Since I do try to spread the word about the pleasure of letter writing I’m happy to say that occasionally a person will come up to me and ask what I’m doing. This is the perfect opportunity for me to explain how I write letters every day, belong to a national letter writing organization, and make wonderful letter friends all over the world.
I am a writer, a letter writer, but a writer just the same. I remember the first time I realized I was a real writer. I was in a coffee shop in the town of Shaker Heights, Ohio. I was writing letters as usual when a very distinguished man walked in with his briefcase. He found a seat across the room from me. He got busy writing and I continued to write my letters, but at a certain point he got up to get more coffee. He came by my table , looked down at all my papers and he asked me if I was a writer too. I thought for a second and I said proudly, “Why yes, I am.” You don’t have to be publised to be a writer. You just have to write and that I do, every day. Maybe you’re a writer too or a wanna be writer. So write!
So, if you like to write, write! Write letters! Sharing doubles the joy. You don’t have to write a book for hundreds of people to read. Of course you can write a book, but as Mother Theresa always used to say, “It’s the one to one that matters.” You can do a lot of good sharing joy and communing with your fellow man by taking up pen and paper and writing to people you know one at a time. You can join The Letter Exchange and write to people you don’t know… at first. Someone once said, “Why do you write to pen pals, people you don’t know?” The answer was, “In writing those people I get to know them and turn them into great friends.
So write letters. Write letters in your Christmas cards. Write letters at home – at the kitchen table, at a desk in your study, in bed, write anywhere, but if you need to change the scenery a little, get out of the house, try writing letters in a coffee shop. You may run into some people you know and that could be fun, but just writing a letter to a friend is also fun and they’ll be so happy to hear from you.
Look into your heart and write… you’ll make your friend happy and then they’ll write back making you happy too.
Go ahead. Spread joy. Our world could use it!