I have spent part of tonight writing letters. Yes, letters – those things we used to write a lot of long ago, put a stamp on and send off in the mail. Why? Well call me a bit old-fashioned, worn out or whatever, but I enjoy receiving something other than bills and junk mail. I LIKE writing letters; they are just a bit more personal, they take a little more effort than an instant message, a text message, an email or posting on Facebook. Yes, it takes longer to get there, but it’s still nice!
I even miss the letters written in handwriting. I still have cards my grandma sent me when I was a child and we wrote to each other. I confess I don’t usually write in handwriting, for a few reasons, but mostly because hand writing any length of time makes my wrist hurt. So I will normally type the letter and then sign it – unless it is a card, then I will write on the card.
Think about how much have we lost in letting that personal, physical touch fall by the wayside. Even the kids now days resort to text messages – I bet some of them have NEVER written a note in class!! Sacrilege! (I apologize to all the teachers out there.)
What about all the handwriting analysis people and theories? If you don’t handwrite much and the person is somewhat out of practice, or has trouble writing by hand – does the analysis still hold true?
So, I am going to start writing more letters this year, just because I want too. I miss getting cards in the mail, but confess that I haven’t sent any in a while, so what better way to start than to get re-acquainted with the notion of sending a smile by post office? Strange notion, huh? How funny to pause and think that some people will actually say, “that’s silly,” or “it will never catch on.” Maybe not, but I will try anyway.
Cherry Coley ©