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Hello Viktoria and thank you for reading and engaging. I always miss the exquisite joy of receiving a letter! What a precious opportunity you have to exchange letters with your mother-in-law: I'm sur he appreciates them a lot.

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A lovely reflection on letters, a few months ago my cousin sent me a package of old postcards sent by my parents to my grandparents. You are right, you can hear the undertones of their words, the messages not written, or is that just me seeing the unseen stories from knowledge gained after their deaths. xxx

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Aren't old letters and postcards such treasures? An intimation of immortality?

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Mar 4, 2023Liked by Sofia A Koutlaki

This is really beautiful, Sofia. I remember such times, waiting eagerly for the postman. Your postman is full of vitality from start to finish greeting his eager customers. How lucky you are to have saved many of those old family letters and will be able to experience the flow of memories and voices and images and mixed feelings as you read them. How special to reconnect with new insights! Thank you for sharing so poignantly and stirring in me memories of my letter writing times.

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Thank you for reading, Robyn, and for your kind words. I am pleased that the writing conjured fond memories. It does feel special and so illuminating!

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As always, Sophia, so beautifully put … I have a habit of curating notes and letters in books. This habit has led to pleasant, heartwarming surprises. Revisiting the notes and letters, especially from friends and relatives no longer with us, rekindles the connection in my heart and mind.

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Awww thank you Becca for your kind words. The practices you describe sound like little treasures tucked away for those to come. I've also found little scraps of paper in my parents' flat in Athens: even a humble shopping list feels like a peek at the past. I've just realised that one of the words I chose for the year was 'connection', but I never thought of connections across the years. Thank you for reading!

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It is such a pity that letter writing has gone out of fashion. An email simply isn’t the same. I still write letters to my mother-in-law who is deaf and in a nursing home and and every now and then, I’ll write letters to overseas friends. There’s nothing like the joy of receiving a hand written envelope with a letter tucked inside. I’m so glad you found the few in your garage. I’m sure they’ll bring back many joyful memories.

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