Make no mistake.
We are in love with Julia.
We have read Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, & Simone Beck (Knopf, 1961) from cover to cover more than a few times.
My Life in France is forever a favorite.
Julia is the quintessential, no-nonsense sort of teacher, walking you through each step and answering questions that you wouldn't even know to ask. Oh, what we wouldn't do for an afternoon cooking class with École des Trois Gourmandes... The School of the Three Happy Eaters!
And, right now, we're both reading As Always, Julia, edited by Joan Reardon. It's thought provoking, funny, endearing, and inspired... one of those books that you read with paper and pencil in hand, jotting down page numbers and quotes, tidbits to revisit later. The book is a collection of letters between Julia and her dear friend, Avis Devoto; correspondence from the beginning of their friendship and throughout the creating of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, of which, Avis played a key role.
The letters weave a tapestry of friendship, love, sorrow, joy, and food. Beautiful.
We, Brooke and Ang, chat everyday... online, facebook, tweet, instant message, and text... talking recipes, blog posts, book thoughts, publishing insights we've learned, and often just parenting and life.
As Always, Julia has inspired us to take a few minutes and write a note. A real life, snail mail letter. The kind requiring a stamp. Hand-written. A lost art. There's something about holding paper in hand, handwriting on page, knowing that someone took the time and thought of you. That something is missed in an instant message.
No. We aren't giving up our digital connections but rather making letter writing part of our correspondence, guarding the art that has lost it's place in modern society. Taking our writing to pen and paper not just fingers to keyboard.
Write a note this weekend. Put it in an envelope. Stick a stamp on it. Go to the post office and buy a stamp if need be. We promise you'll like the way it makes you feel and you'll make someone's day when along with the plethora of bills, junk mail, and advertisements, they receive a handwritten note from you. Do it. We dare you.