So I was scanning through the options on television tonight and found myself watching Youâ€™ve Got Mail. You wonâ€™t be at all shocked to discover that I love Youâ€™ve Got Mail
Also not so surprisingly, I love the Christmas season as it is shown in the movieâ€¦ Maybe itâ€™s the twinkle lights, the holiday party sing-along (why have I never been invited to sing the â€œThe Horn, The Horn, It Sounds So Forlornâ€ song?), or the fancy party they attend with the caviar garnish and multiple turkeys out on display.
I love the Shop Around the Corner but I also love the new Fox Books store. What I love about the Shop Around the Corner is its quaint and cozy atmosphere and that it feels like the sort of shop youâ€™d like to be a regular in, or maybe even own. I love the idea of a facility that has knowledgeable and service minded employees (read: not too cool to be helpful) and a family business that a parent passes onto her child.
Although I think we have far too many big discount box stores, I shamelessly love the Fox Books store as it is opening. Much like I love to spend a rainy afternoon in Barnes and Noble (when the book shelves are orderly) or during the holidays when I use it as my go-to gift shop because I believe that a fabulous gift for anyone can be found there. As Fox Books was opening, I could almost smell that delicious new book scent â€“ heavenly!
This movie also makes me love New York City and feel like I should spend a bit more time there. It might be the cute tights worn by the girls in the film, or the idea that turtlenecks are an option in such a climate. In truth, it’s probably the romantic comedy version of New York City that I love so much, but this is one of the movies that makes me love the idea of living in New York Cityâ€¦ Kind of like how people the idea of going to Disney World much more than the sticky, germy, crowded version available for $70+ a day just a few miles from my house.
As if that werenâ€™t enough to love, I love love love the idea of writing a letter and sending it out into the void, to someone you donâ€™t really know and the idea of sharing a bit of yourself with the cyber-gods. Thatâ€™s a bit of what I think these letters are for me.
Do you remember writing actual letters? I remember making friends at Girl Scout and church camp and writing them letters afterward (sometimes several a week, much to the frustration of my parentâ€™s pre-established postage budget) so that we could develop and continue those important new relationships. It was always so exciting to mail a letter, wait for it to arrive, hoping it would make that personâ€™s day, and then look forward to the possibility of a reply. That is very much how I am feeling right now and how I often feel as I post these letters to you – excited to hear your response, replies, and anticipating your reactions.
Then again, maybe itâ€™s not so much the letter writing or even the movie but Meg Ryanâ€™s cute short hair thatâ€™s making me feel nostalgic again. It might just be time for a haircut!
Give a ring or drop me a line when you have a moment. I have a birthday party tonight (Happy Birthday Mindi) but Iâ€™ll be up late afterward so feel free to call later on.