Does anyone still write letters?

United States
April 29, 2009 6:18pm CST
I may be going a little old school on everyone here... but does anyone actually write letters anymore? It seems to be a "lost art." I think it is worth rejuvinating! I did recently write back and forth with a nephew who was in basic training. It was so exciting to get an actual letter in my mail box! Any one else think it needs to be encouraged?
6 responses
@mkchaves (533)
• Canada
10 May 09
i am still writing snailmail... :) i feel that it's much more connected and sincere or something, because of my own handwriting and bringing it to the post office - giving extra effort to reach someone.. My cousin (the sister i never had) and I is still a big fan of snail mail, and she lives far away from me. so we make sure that once a month we would write each other a letter. so that, she'll still be receiving something from the post office. LOL. :p but we do chat over yahoo messenger a lot. and we almost write the same things we talked about in chat. heheh ain't that funny? I still feel the fun receiving a letter, and sit down and struggling to decipher the hand writing. and looking for a pen and paper for your reply.. LOL .. It's old fashioned, but it's much more personalized. :)
• United States
10 May 09
It may be old fashioned, but it is much more personalized, I think! There is something special about recieving and sending hand written correspondence. I love the internet but I would really like to revive the art of snail mail also! Thanks for your response!
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
5 May 09
Hi mac...I don't write letters mostly due to the time factor. However I still send cards through the mail and I still send thank you notes. I think it's wonderful that you were writing to a nephew who was in basic training. I tried to write to my brother when he was in the air force also. I think that it's a way of letting people know that you are thinking of them and that the recipient does get excited to know that someone thought enough of them to send something. The problem is that it's so much easier to send off an email or an ecard these days. And while it is nice to receive email from someone it's doubly exciting to get something via the post office.
• United States
5 May 09
Yes indeed! It is nice to get something other than bills or flyers via the post office! There is something heart warming about recieving a hand written letter, or even a card in the mail! I have heard someone say that they do not appreciate ecards and such. I do have a deep appreciation for those as well, since someone took the time to look and find just the right one for the occasion! I think it is a lost art and should be revived!!!!
@jammyt (2822)
• Philippines
30 Apr 09
When I need to, I still do. Though I'm not used to it anymore.Sometimes, my fingers become stiff.
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• United States
30 Apr 09
I have the same trouble with my fingers. I don't usually write real long letters whenever I do write so that helps.One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was to have a pen pal from another country or state. That was always fun'!
• United States
29 Apr 09
I usually only write Christmas cards lately. When I didn't have a family, I wrote letters to the widows in our church just because I thought they would like a cheery note from time to time. I was very surprised when a couple of months ago I received a whole envelope of letters I had written during the six years that we did not have children. I read one of the letters today which was about how I felt being pregnant, working, our pets, etc. That letter was about 25 years old. What a trip down memory lane!
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• United States
30 Apr 09
What an awesome story! How cool is that?!? Did it make you want to write again? I know it must have been so very nice for those ladies to recieve letters from you. It had to have helped them lose some of their lonliness. My son is temporarily in a nursing home and I think of the older people here who would benefit something like that! I may have to take that on as a project when we leave here! Thanks for your response!
@Setto24 (122)
• Indonesia
29 Apr 09
no... I dont even know how to write LOL But, I think we should try to write some letters to our self or to our descendants to show something... (just like KNOWING. LOL ;)DD) But we should teach our children to write...
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• United States
30 Apr 09
lol! I agree with you that we should be writing something for the generations coming behind us! Writing is a useful way of expressing ourselves, I think. I think how I wish my grandparents had kept journals of their travels and what a benefit that would be to the family and to my children who didn't know them!
• United States
29 Apr 09
I think writing letter has become some what outdated but myself I would prefer a letter over email or instant message anyday. And as you are saying when someone you love is in the army I think you must have to write letters. I guess a lot of things have chenaged but I feel there will never be a time when people do not write letters. I guess it just depends on the person.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Yes, I think there will always be "snail mail." I miss letters but I know that instant messaging and email is much quicker! I try to send a letter, or card now and then. When I am away from my family I still send post cards too!