9/9/11 Letter Writing – One of The Lost Arts?


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I discovered, at the age of 9 or 10, a passion that would stay with me through the years. It’s recently resurfaced with a nostalgic longing.

Writing a letter by hand.

Those of you who may have enjoyed this lovely hobby in the past, when’s the last time you indulged? Let me guess: You don’t have time, email is faster, stamps are SO expensive, you have nothing to write about, your handwriting resembles the Tazmanian Devil after too much caffeine…

I’ve used all of these reasons at one time or another. Funny how I’ve got time for the most inane things, but don’t have time to connect with friends.

I’ll ponder that as I get my antidepressant medication dosage increased (again) and check the internet (how many times today?), or sit on the couch trying to remember if it’s the third, or the fourth, time I’ve watched this episode of “Modern Family”?

I really don’t have the money for that 44 cent stamp (I’ll mumble) as I dive into the $5. carton of junk food (to forget how bored and lonely I am).

Recently, I was cleaning out my Sanity Room. I came across my bag of Flairs and gel pens in a rainbow of colors. After a bit of rooting, the white writing pad, stickers, stampers and inks, etc. all surfaced.

My evening was spent at the dining room table, listening to classical music and letting the thoughts flow through my Flair pen. There is so much going on! Life itself is a smorgasbord of topics waiting to be sampled and written about.

I must confess, my letters and envelopes get pretty pimped out with stickers, stamps and colors by the time I’m done. I fear Paul the mailman suspects I’m having hallucinogenic flashbacks on paper. He hasn’t commented yet!

I don’t know if the recipients will all appreciate my Andy Warhol-like letters, but I’m having the best fun creating them. 🙂

I’ll leave you with a few questions:

 
Do you enjoy receiving letters in the mail? Does it make a difference to you if they’re computer generated or handwritten?  Do you yourself write letters?

Until next time, be on the lookout at your mailbox for a missive from me. 🙂

Cheers!

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5 thoughts on “9/9/11 Letter Writing – One of The Lost Arts?

  1. I suppose I should have clarified that I love any which way a letter is created that comes through my mailbox.

    The thing I noticed with using my computer to write was that I got incredibly lazy and started copying/cutting and pasting from one letter to the next (to save time) until my penfriends and friends began to all morph into one faceless being.
    Not to mention the humiliation I rightly felt when I’d occasionally discover that I hadn’t over written all of the previous person’s name.
    Writing by hand takes me back to a time when it didn’t seem like a crime to stop and do something just for the pure joy of doing it, and connecting with people.

    Next I’ll want to live via “Little House on the Prarie” and read by candlelight. NOT!!

  2. Yes, I do think that hand written letters are a lost art. About a year ago my grand niece, who lives in Idaho, asked my sister to ask me if I might like to hand write her a letter. Of course I happily agreed & oftentimes wonder if it brought her as much joy as it brought me. She never replied to my letter ~ but I had no expectations. Anyway, I wish that parents today would get their kids to hand write letters or notes. It always adds a personal touch that the computer just can’t give!!!

    • Laurie, I received a handwritten letter Friday (on CAT stationery, no less). What a treat it was, to know someone cared enough to do that.

      In the end, there are SO many things that we as individuals can do, to brighten our corner of the world and make someone’s day better.

      Thanks for your thoughts Laurie. 🙂

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