Wednesday, 15 September 2010
letters and diaries
there is something about pen and paper that really gets me. jotting down notes, writing a personal message, wanting to keep that fleeting thought, documenting memories, showing someone you care. i used to write letters a lot. now i only occasionally do, but write cards rather a lot. and i keep a diary in a very basic sense. every couple of days i will write down what happened or what keeps going through my mind. and i will use my diary as a scrap book as well, for magazine clippings, the odd ticket or recipe. apart from enjoying the writing-down part of it, i believe it's an important way of keeping things alive. sometimes it amazes me how much i forget. and by looking at old letters, postcards or diaries, things come back, sometimes hesitantly, sometimes rushing back vividly. very much like photographs, and yet all different.
do you write letters, notes or keep diaries? and why?