As a child, I always wondered about how mail traveled. I witnessed our postman deliver the bundle of envelopes to us with sweat and toil on sticky summer afternoons, however, when we dropped it off at the post office, how would it traverse districts, regions and sometimes the globe to the addressee on the envelope? Obviously, the last leg of the journey would be by foot, but how would it set off? By truck, by plane…what if it plunged to the ground and wallowed in the mud or snow never to be seen…and no heart to lighten. With less emphasis on putting words on paper, lured by the ease of an email or an encrypted text, it’s a lost practice…even leaders of the world prefer to tweet an instant message. But it’s not the same when the entire world reads along to words that are meant for the recipient, or are they? Scribing words albeit with ink, crayons or paint is a warm welcome when read to oneself. A little gratitude goes a long way in one’s heart.I have grown rusty myself with writing thank you notes but since we have been recipients to a splendor of kindness and gifts this festive season we took a little time out to create notes of gratitude.Something so sweet about repaying generosity with generosity with a simple card—a warm welcome to a pile of invasive junk mail. My stockpile of paper supplies isn’t handy, yet we managed to cobble our creations on paper and now they are in the wind.Bon Voyage little works of art. We hope you delight in our from scratch thank you cards when they arrive at your door. I’m tempted to write one and bury it in the earth for the intricate and delicate grains of sand we felt between our toes…it beats the intricate and delicate snowflakes suspending from the sky that greeted us upon our return to our makeshift home.Oh, what fun it was to bask in the sunshine and the rolling waves, laughing all the time (95 % of the time) a heck of a lot more than we would frozen in the single digits of when we left. What about your nest? Does it have a stash of cards or paper to revive those two words not used often enough?I’m starting off the year with a Big Thank You to all of you for sharing this space with me and if I had your address, I would send off a little note in the wind to you as well. Wishing you a bright, bold and beautiful 2017.