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The other day Julie and I were talking about life and how lovely it is to be together. Occasionally I refer to her as the stationery queen and we thought it would be fun for me to share with you what it was like to move into the kingdom.
Do you ever smell paper? I do. I smell if it’s fresh and new, and I smell if it’s old and antiqued. It doesn’t matter the condition, I always love the smell of paper.
I remember the first time I walked into the apartment, it was nice and all. But all I really thought to myself was show me the stash! Where do you keep the stationery goods?? We spent some time looking around the kitchen, and the bedrooms… and the living room and and and…
And then it was time.
There are bookshelves and drawers and shelves and a CLOSET, all of these things are filled with envelopes, stationery, paper and postcard goodness. I’m pretty sure that Julie was describing and explaining things to me while I was gawking, but to be honest, I’m just not sure I was paying attention, I don’t recollect a word she said.
I really love the word gawking. I feel like it fits perfectly here. This is exactly what I was doing. I’m certain my jaw was dropped and my eyes were wide. I just wanted to touch it all and smell it all. I was nervous, so I refrained from either. I thought I’d let you know that I didn’t actually feel and smell all the paper, I didn’t want you to think that the stationery you’ve purchased has been violated by me.
Fast forward a few weeks later and now I find myself cutting loads and loads of paper and putting them together in stationery packs. I am surrounded by such a wide variety of papery goodness and I’m constantly fighting the temptation to stop doing anything responsible and start doing everything fun and crafty.
Maybe I don’t get to spend the entirety of my days writing letters and making envelopes. But I am fortunate enough to be working in an environment that overlaps with my passion for snail mail. My job tasks are both directly and indirectly related to magnifying something that I truly value, the art of letter writing. I am grateful.
Another really significant benefit is getting to work side by side with Julie. She is inspiring, gorgeous, creative, authentic, tender and all around lovely. It’s important to me to take time to appreciate a situation and I like to slow down and pay attention to what is going around me. Some call this “Stopping to smell the roses”, I prefer to say I like to “Stop and smell the paper”.