t’s not every day that I step out my front door to find an antique typewriter with a personal note rolled into the carriage. But that’s exactly what I found at the end of December, after a day I had spent struggling with code and HTML tags and lagging internet speeds. It was a beautiful commentary, and I have fellow creative realist (and Mac-lover) Michelle Lagestee (yes, she of Christmas Game fame) to thank.
If you don’t mind, I’d like to share some of the note she typed out for me:
“…I saw this typewriter months ago and immediately thought of you. It may be a used antique, but looking past the dust and worn edges, these keys have graced beautiful fingertips that typed many letters. The Lord only knows all the magical words that came to life from this machine, this invention of its time. It may be of only decorative and nostalgic use in this 21st century, but the idea behind it remains the same. Creating. Inspiring. Revealing. Reflecting. Recording. This tool served many purposes in its day. Now it is just a remembrance of what once was. Or does it still symbolize something greater?
“It may seem like an old, silly gift, but I hope that when you look at it, when you’re deep in thought, working on your next book or piece, you see the progress we’ve made. You appreciate the Apple MacBook Pro even more with its easy keys and deletion and editing capabilities, to name a few. :-) Yes, this typewriter represents the past, but I hope it reminds you of our awesome present of digital communication. And what is yet to come.
“You are the creative genius, publisher and scribe. You get people thinking and connecting thoughtfully. You help others share their story. …God has blessed you with a gift and strength of communication that you have honed into true beautiful talent. Thank you for positively influencing me in this way and for inspiring me to get back to journaling. I’ve been writing nursing care plans, research papers and patients’ acute care charting for so long, it has often exhausted the fun out of writing for me. But writing truly is therapeutic expression. I love your passion; don’t ever change.…”
ichelle, I don’t know how long it took you to type a full-page letter with no indication of correction tape or liquid paper, but thank you! This gift is a real treasure. Not only does the typewriter bring to mind my early beginnings as a writer (yes, I learned on a machine almost as old as this one!), but your letter is a spot-on reminder of all those deeper truths. You’re right, technology may make it easier to share, but having something worthwhile to share is just as painstaking as ever.
Thank you for the reminder. And for letting me know that the words I scribble and type and code and post are landing somewhere, and making a difference. That means a lot to me.
Here’s hoping your new year finds you eager to journal, and that in the work of journaling you find yourself renewed rather than drained, inspired rather than exhausted.
And if you want to borrow my typewriter to do your journaling, let me know! It’s sitting on the corner of my desk, just being an inspiration.