Why you might find it useful to write longer more detailed letters for some scrapbook pages.
The principal purpose for writing letters for your scrapbook is to share lasting memories for others. It certainly can be said, “that a picture is worth a thousand words,” but a picture doesn’t always say all that needs to be said.
Memories are yours alone unless you share them in some way. Yes, taking that photo may do it. What do you do when there are limited photographs but lots of details in your head and heart. “memories are the mental motion pictures of our lives.” To illustrate this better think of three memories you have. Let’s assume you have loads of pictures to share and reflect on that precious time. How do you convey in those pictures the sights not seen, the sounds not heard and the smells that surround this memory?
You can bring these memories to life by writing about them. While I may not see what you saw, heard what you heard or smelled the scents that give you excitement about this memory, I can better understand and feel them if you pen things that remind you today, i.e., “the light of the morning’s first rays across the mountains brought freshness to a new day”. I’ve seen a new day begin . . . I can now relate to your emotion of the experience. A reflection of smell, “the air was filled with the sweetness of the scent of roses as we strolled the along the path.” How about sound, “the roar of cars, buses and trucks speeding on the freeway was deafening.” I think you get the picture. The reflection in what we say can help the reader understand what you were sensing at that time.
A letter certainly affords you the opportunity to thank or praise someone. No doubt you have expressed your feelings of gratitude to someone. In the course of life, these sincere accolades too can be lost in memory. Not so if you take the time to put them a letter. What you say is not as important as writing it. Somehow there seems to be more permanence when you take the time to pen these thoughts. We all have people we have reason to thank for things they have done to help us along our way.
Is there someone in your life, now a memory because of death, whose wisdom you would love to once again share. There are those about you that do, and will, want your wisdom too when you are gone . . . maybe just miles separate you, or like others they have passed through the portal of death. This wisdom may be solicited or you just want to share some thoughts with those you care about most. Your children will thank you for your sage advise left behind in treasured letters. These letters may be eclectic or subject direct. You be the judge.
Is there wisdom and shared thoughts you wished you had from someone you care about. Would their thoughts help you be better prepared to help you–or provide similar counsel to others? If so, then you need to write more.
All in all, any writing is better than no writing at all. When we talk about lengthy letters–you be the judge of what needs to be said. Scrapbook pages generally are relegated to snippets and small sayings. You may find using two pages to tell your story is best. One page could be your letter, while the other your pictures. Combined they can tell a compelling and detailed story for all to enjoy.
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