“Long Letter” (keeping a promise)

Cherry On Top
Mount FujiLooking at old photos I found this one by chance stored in a Nikon digital memory card. The photo was taken in 2007 December. As you would have recognized it is Mount Fuji in the morning. It was a clear morning and we had some good pictures on that day together. Traveling with someone who matters to me is always a cherry-on-top kind of experience. I just read a poem titled “Long letter”. It is about two persons corresponding with handwritten letters. It is obvious that the two have known each other for a long time and they show their valuing the friendship by writing regular long letters to each other. Even when the letters are about ordinary small matters they take the bother to write down in careful longhand with ink and share with each other the whole summer. It is like they want the other party to actually see their daily lives: the wooden table for writing, the sunshine crashing into the room, the dazzling summer blooms at the window, mysterious fireflies at otherwise pitch dark night, the faraway stars and milky way… They know the contents even before opening the letters and read. They know all the unspoken words. I remember I too wrote a letter a day one whole summer. The poet likens it to keeping a promise.

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