Niagara Gazette —
Perhaps I'll tell my mother how grateful I am to her for helping me to understand the family benefits found in continuing the tradition of making sauce on Sunday.
And as I pursue this little quest of mine to do battle against the seriousness that permeates my world, I am considering the power of words — mine and everyone else's — to create happiness or heartbreak, and our ability to change someone's day or maybe even their life by writing words that tell them how we feel.
I'm starting to believe that it's important we put our love and affection into hand-written words that will live longer than a text or an email. If we write those words of appreciation on paper, whether in careful print or flowing cursive, we have given a little gift to someone which can be reread again and again, for as long as they wish, even when the power fails.
While I'm on the subject of gratitude, may I offer a little Valentine-ish appreciation to those of you reading these words. Every columnist worth reading must bare some portion of their soul, and I value the time you've spent reading my words. I believe that newspaper writers and readers are participating in a time-honored exchange which — in its perfect form — fortifies each of us, as a tactile, enduring version of every exchange that occurs when someone gathers words they care about and offers them with heartfelt sincerity for someone to read and ponder.
My wish for you on this Valentine's Day is a loving exchange of handwritten words.
Contact Features Editor Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.