This time last year, my mother let my sisters and I go through some boxes of old books she's been storing and choose some from our great-great-great's libraries to take home. Some of them were really old, crumbling at the seams with tattered covers and worn pages. In the box I found this gem: "The Book of Thoughts" filled with famous and favored quotes selected by a group of women. It's over 100 years old and inside I was delighted to find pressed flowers and 4 leaf clovers.
My sisters agreed to let me take it only after I promised to send them a "thought" from the book each month. I eagerly promised and they rolled their eyes - like I'd ever do that one a month. Well, I'm happy to report that I do send the notes each month and my list of recipients is growing. Each month, I find something from this wonderful collection of quotes that inspires me and I send it by "Snail Mail". I don't know about you, but even with all of our over-communication these days, there's something exciting about getting a personal notes in the mailbox. It makes me happy thinking of brightening a pile of bills with a monthly "thought".
Each time I open the book, I wonder how old the flowers are and think about the group of woman who collected these quotes and published them in this well worn leather treasure. I wonder if they ever imagined their book would be laying side-by-side with a computer while I blogged about it. If it would enhance my life by connecting me to my daughters, sisters, friends, mother and grandmother.