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Jean Youn on autumn and the joys of letter writing

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

The day time is a little shorter now than it was a week or two ago. This past Friday, the day time and night time were of equal lengths. In Korea, this is called chu-boon, while in America it is the autumnal equinox. It is now officially the fall season.

This reminds me of a Korean song that talks about writing letters during the fall. In the age of email, Facebook, and smart phones, not as many people actually hand write letters anymore. It’s even been in the media that the U.S. Postal Service has been losing business.

Today, I wanted to talk about letters. A long time ago, a man was a long way from his wife on a trip involving his work or business. He was away for quite a while and he began to miss his wife. So, he wrote her a letter. However, he accidentally mailed her a blank sheet of paper instead of the letter he had writte.

Upon receiving the blank sheet of paper in the mail from her husband, the wife thought to herself, “he must be so broken up inside from being away from me for so long, that he couldn’t even come up with any words to say to me in a letter.”

I don’t know if this is a true or made up story, but it’s pretty funny nonetheless.

Whether it’s to see how someone has been doing, or to send pleasant greetings, I wish more people could appreciate the genuineness and significance of a good old fashioned hand written letter.

I hope you enjoy your start to the season of fall!

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Jean Youn is the owner of Value Village Cleaners at 912 West Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale 91202. For details on services, coupons and more, check out the Value Village Cleaners website here.

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