Now you tell me! I just wasted months gathering photos of my siblings and my
mother and editing it into a video. . . . the more you know.
Excerpts of grandfather Walter Mabey's letter 100 years ago on WW1
battlefields. Hallmark can't touch this. FranceMay 12, 1918Dear Mother,Although it has been only a day or two since I wrote you, I
thought it best that I pen you a few lines tonight, today being Mother’s
day...Of course we little realized it at the time or while we were close enough
to receive their smiles and comforting words, but being once deprived of those
blessings one begins to realize their value and the source from which they came.
It is just like examining a painting at close sight, it doesn’t appear
beautiful then, but stand off a little distance and its true character and
outlines are blended very beautifully and the very spirit of the artist is
brought to our view...What has been the most important factor in making our
lives as good as they are?..our mother...Away as I am, nearly 7,000 miles from
you, I can look back and see the wisdom in the teaching and advice you gave
me...each mother at some time or another picks out a goal for her son...that of
a clean, pure man. So here is the compelling force in my life, and to the best
mother that ever lived, my thanks. Feeling fine, love to all--Walter
Hand written letters and cards are not mutually exclusive, in most cards there
is ample space to compose a nice letter.
If you had ever seen my handwriting you would agree, that sending my mom a
handwritten letter would be a punishment not a show of honor. I will stick
with typing one... actually a phone call suffices.
I like sending notes from Dad's old 1930's Underwood, The old
fashioned fount, and uneven letters are very nice.
I think a handshake is more than adequate.
The thoughts are from me!_I_ googled it._I_ copied and pasted it._I_ emailed it and printed it._I_ picked out the card from the rack in
the store.Hand-written is overrated and obsolete.
Mom, my wife, the kids, friends, whomever. I believe they all deserve
handwritten cards, and insofar as possible that's what I do. If it's
from me, I want it to be from me.