Old letters, papers, documents, books...
you might say I do a happy dance whenever I find such things at the flea market.
Of course not just any old piece of French ephemera will do, well almost,
though those that are dated 1790 or older are my thrill.
It is at the point that when I see a hint of paper peeking out of a box
I nearly can contain my inner squeel of delight.
Some people have a thing for clothes, or sports, or cars, or luxury....Last weekend I hit the mother lode when I found a box of old papers that hadseveral letters dating 1785 and older.The letters were sent between two people from Marseille and Naples. I can read some of them,though the letters are in Old French. You know they don't talk our talk:"Hey, how goes it, wanna meet up this weekend and play video games?"Not that I play video games, but you understand what I mean.The letters do not have envelopes. Instead they were folded and sealed.The old red wax seals, are missing in action-- I like to think whoever receivedthem torn them off in haste.Lovers loving at a distance... heartache movie kind of stuff.Not so fun.French Husband and I had that type of relationship for one year:Back and forth letters, expensive phone calls, one short visit...Not something I would wish upon anyone in love.Though old love letters.... that is another story.
If you would like an old letter such as one above, write in the comment section:
When is the last time you received a letter?
and I will randomly pick three tomorrow.