First, There are No Second Chances

Several years ago, I needed to have a difficult conversation with a new friend. I guess we could have spoken in person, but it was one of those situations that I needed to state my version of the story, uninterrupted. So, I decided to script a short note to her. I wanted to take my time and really think about not only what I wanted to say, but most importantly what I wanted her to hear. So I grabbed my yellow legal pad and began to write my heart out. I went to town maybe filling two or three sheets. When finished, I found a business envelope in the drawer, addressed and stamped it and dropped it in the mail.

Well, time passed and I never heard back. She never responded to the note; not in a phone call nor return note in the mail. I often wondered if I was too strong, or maybe it just didn’t matter as much to her. On occasion I question if I even dropped it in the mail. Or maybe I used an enveloped from the cable company and they laughed and threw it out. How embarrassing! But then, she could have just gotten really, really…really busy. Her name is Michele, and she went on to become the First Lady of the United States of America.

Oh now how I wish I’d written her note on beautiful, personal stationery! I’ve only had the opportunity to write her one note and, well, yeah, that was it. I selected my yellow legal pad. I used a disposable piece of paper to pour my heart out. She probably thought, “Really, a legal pad?” It was probably lost on her desk of other notes scribbled on yellow legal paper. Maybe she tossed it after she read it. Oh Lord, today I sure hope she didn’t keep my note!

Do you appreciate taking care to package your words in something special, as you do with other precious items.

What do you reach for when you need to write a note to someone?

If you don’t have elegant stationery, then reach for your keys and head over toTT Patton, a boutique stationer in downtown Barrington. In this cosy, comfortable space at 123 East Station Street, proprietor Theresa Patton will help you create a stationery suite that is worthy of your words.


About Kali Patrice

Kali Patrice is the founder of The Image Studios, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in branding and image communication. She blogs through “Successful Expression” to share fresh ways to share insights about image, personal branding and self-expression.