Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lost Art of Letter Writing

Today was all about writing letters to friends and family.

I actually still write letters, put a stamp on the envelope and place it in the mailbox.  On my long letters, I do type them on the computer and then print them out.  I do my cursive writing on my cards that I send out.  Several years ago, I took a class on calligraphy and sometimes I write in calligraphy.

I have been writing letters and notes for as long as I can remember.  I have always sent notes of encouragement to friends and family members.

About 9 years ago, I started writing letters to my cousin, who had a freak accident and was paralyzed at the age of 70.  We lived miles a part and it was hard for her to talk on the phone, so I began writing letters about my days, my job, my travels, etc.  In the letters, I would quote scripture and I would discuss what the scripture meant.  Due to her being homebound, she was no longer able to attend church.

Within the past year or so, I have begun writing monthly letters to aunts/uncles and friends that are in their 80's and 90's.  Since letter writing is such a lost art, they love receiving a letter.  I can't tell you how many times they tell me that they look forward to each month.

Just this weekend, Kenny's eighty-eight year old aunt told the story of when her husband and her were engaged.  She lived in San Antonio, Texas and he lived in Pensacola, Florida.  They got engaged in May 1954 and their wedding date was in December 1954.  Aunt Pat said that during that time people just couldn't afford to call long-distance.  Her and Uncle Walter corresponded by letter from May to December and only once during that time did they talk with each other on the phone.

I believe I got the writing gene from my maternal grandfather, who I never met.  He died when my mother was three years old.  He fought in Europe during WWI and was injured in the war.  About 20 years ago, my great-uncle gave me a box of postcards that my grandfather had sent to my great-grandmother while he was in France.  I loved reading each one of the postcards.  It helped me to know who he was.

You can google "The Lost Art of Letter Writing" and read several posts on this lost art.

I challenge you to "Step Out and Shine Through" by writing a note to a family member or friend.  It could make a difference in their life as well as yours.

Today was another beautiful day in Colorado!




7 comments:

  1. Are you familiar with Rita at http://soulcomfort.blogspot.com/? She not only writes letters, she makes her own Christmas cards!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing the info! I will look at Rita's blog.

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  2. It's been much too long since I've written a letter.
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    1. It is time to right that note or letter.

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  3. I'm ashamed to admit I can't recall the last time I wrote an actual letter. My handwriting is now nearly undecipherable.

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    1. It is time to send that note. One letter at a time!

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  4. I love writing letters myself and do so all the time I have three next to me waiting to be posted and two on the other side waiting to be answered. I write mostly to pen friends but also at times to other family members although I see most of my family on a weekly basis.

    I also do my letters on the computer adding photos and such to the letters and it isn't unusual for a letter to run to 5-7 pages in length, a short letter is 2 or 3 pages long for me.

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