Of Friendships and Paper

I love Jocelyn’s campaign of #bringbackpaper over at her blog The Reading Residence.  Like her, I prefer reading books you can hold in your hand and when you’re done reading with them, you can put them on the shelf along with all your other acquisitions.

Here’s my small pile of books to read.  Again, admittedly I have a bigger pile than this, but I’ve been so slow in my reading lately.  I can only deal with small piles on my side of our headboard, I get stressed out when I see my husband devour one book after another – only because I know that book will end up on my pile, so I hide them and pretend that my pile isn’t growing and that I’m on “top of things” Oh and Yes, we do share a lot of our books, except when it’s about history 😉

I also like sending and receiving snail mail, though (again) admittedly I haven’t done it in a while.  But because of her campaign, I’m sort of nudged on the right direction and to just do it and stop procrastinating.

I don’t have Jocelyn’s lovely paper/stationary collection.  I wish I had.  I used to collect them when I was a child and even as a teenager.  This is something I would love to do again.  What I have instead are postcards.  Here are a few of my faves:

I love the Banksy one.  Saw the original art-work in Brighton when we visited and couldn’t resist buying the postcard when I saw it.  I should have bought two – I promised my sister I’d send it to her, but don’t really want to part with it till I have another!

And I still keep a journal, now that’s something I’ve been doing since I was a child, which reminds me, now that little T is growing up way to fast, I have to make sure that she doesn’t get hold of any of my old stuff, especially the ones I’ve written when I was a teenager.  I shudder at the thought of her going through them!

Yes, I know.  I have terrible writing.  When I was in fourth grade, my best-friend had the most beautiful handwriting.  I sent her snail mail a year ago (she lives in the States with her family), vowing we’d continue writing to each other like we did when we were in our teens, but she complained about my writing! Hahaha and never replied.  Of course we’re still friends and we do hear from each other semi-regularly through Viber and follows me over at IG.  Thank goodness though, she’s too busy to read my blog!

I plan (oh dear, here I go again), to send some snail mail soon, especially to old friends whom I would love to stay in touch with. Not the best friend I mentioned above though, won’t send her another one, till she replies!  Again, we’re still friends.  We’ve been friends for so long I actually think nothing can deter us from being close even though we’re continents away and don’t speak on the phone much.  Yes, that kind.  As I grow older, I’m learning how important that kind of friendship is.  I’m lucky to be still friends with people I’ve grown up with, friends I met at grade-school (elementary), university days and work colleagues, even former bosses whom I’ve managed to forge friendships with and I intend for it to stay that way, always.

What about you?

Are you still friends with people from your childhood?

Do check out what the others are up to with their #bringbackpaper posts.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. thereadingresidence

    I love that you share books with your husband, we don’t do that here as our tastes differ quite a bit. We did both read the Dan Brown books, but I think that’s about it! Those postcards are just gorgeous! Send some as happy mail and they’re sure to brighten a day! My handwriting’s awful, too – my poor pen pals! Thanks so much for sharing with #PaperyPeep and so pleased to have inspired you xx

    • Yes, we do share most of our books, except like I mentioned what I’d call “hard-core” history books 😉 Other than that, we kinda like the same which is nice. I guess that’s one of the reasons why we ended up married 😉

  2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Yeah…no. I think I am friends with like two people from my past! But… I love the idea of real letters, I am doing those this year 🙂

  3. Stephanie (@LifeAt139a)

    I like a nice postcard or two too – and have a couple from the national trust bargain bucket. My trouble is that i struggle to part with them…! #paperypeep

  4. Nice to read about your papery month and I lookforward to seeing where you take your papery love.
    I have a few select friends from school I still have contact with which is nice infact a few of these people I’ve known for 25 years plus one in particular I’ve known for 32 years. Our lives have all gone in different directions but it’s still nice to catch up and reminisce. My best friend of 27 years was my matron of honour at our wedding last year and I don’t know what I would do without her friendship how ever little we see each other these days.

    • Yes, same here. It’s nice to know that these friendships have lasted over the years 🙂 As for the papery month, I intend to stick with it or do the best I can 😉 x

  5. Friendships that endure across the years are so special aren’t they. I used to write lots of letters when I was at university and used to rite lots to my grandma but havent done so since she passed away. I plan to get back into it, nothing beats getting a letter does it x

    • Definitely special! 🙂 I’m all for receiving letters through the mail, though I did forget that stamps cost more now (just been to the post office to send my first letter in 2015). But hey, I still think they are definitely worth it! 🙂

  6. naptimethoughts

    I’m so bad at snail mail. Two years ago, I accidentally took home a hand towel from my mother’s guest bathroom- she lives way down in Virginia, so I couldn’t just drop it off– and kept pestering me to mail it back to her. Since I couldn’t email it back to her, or facebook it, or blog it, I was pretty well screwed. Finally, she sent me a self addressed, stamped, ready to go envelope for the stupid thing.
    I saw her at Christmas.
    Forgot the hand towel.

  7. Life in the Wylde West

    I knew there were even more reasons why I like you so much. I have kept a journal since I was a teen. I have about 5 going at one time, whichever is the closest gets a little something here or there. I love writing my friends letters I have one friend I have known since she was 3 and I was 4, she is my best friend in the entire universe still to this day, I have others who I still know from Elementary school and lots from high school. I didn’t go to college. I only read books I can hold in my hand. I had a dream and still sort of do, for having my own bookstore one day. Gosh I sure like you.

    • Oh Tracie! We have the same dream! The only difference is I’m not even ambitious anymore. I don’t need to own the bookshop, I just want to work in one. Only problem is, there’s no bookshop in our little village. Oh well. I need to email you actually, have something to say 🙂 x

  8. Virtually All Sorts (@AllSortsHere)

    I’m still have some childhood friends though it’s all through social media nowadays of course! I do try to send more snailmail and in fact, a few months ago, I sent some to a couple of friends. One who lives on the other side of this country, and another who lives in a whole different country. I used to be penpals with the latter and wanted to rekindle the paper ‘relationship’… I must send another in actual fact!

    • Same here! All of my childhood friends are now reduced to being online friends, though we do viber chats or video chats through Skype or FaceTime. Thank goodness for technology, though like you I’m trying to rekindle letter-writing among my old friends who are keen to do the same 🙂

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