Do you keep the letters you received?

Letters - Letters are lovely and they make you reminisce those old memories.
@mjcookie (2274)
Philippines
January 29, 2010 1:40am CST
I love letters. When I was in grade school my friends/classmates would exchange letters (most of them written in cute stationery materials) almost every week, and there we would talk about every little thing, usually concerning our other classmates. Sometimes we would even fight through letters, because we were very coward to confront one another. The letter-giving would continue until high school, although not as often as before. Now that I'm 18 I still have them in a nice bag, and I would read them if I feel like being sentimental. I love the feeling of reminiscing those old memories, and I smile at how much we've changed from then. I never throw away letters given to me, because for me they are something worth treasuring. Do you still have the letters given to you by your loved ones?
17 responses
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
This topic made me remember how my classmates and I used to do this way back in elementary and high school. I still have all the letters that they received. I kept it in a very special box. However, I left it at home with my parents. My mother is a very sentimental person and she realizes how much I treasure those letters. That is the reason she keeps it for me. I did not bring it to where I went to College. Then, after College I was assigned (work- related) to another City where I am staying right now. It is here where I met my husband and my child was born. All the memories I have when I was still young were left with my parents.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Awww... That's heartwarming, but it's kinda sad that you left them.. I like your mom. :-D Not all moms would feel that way.
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
My mom is a very sentimental and sensitive person. She even keeps my siblings and my clothes when we were still infants. She still keeps her diaries and letters from her friends. She has been keeping this things for almost 50 years already.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
2 Feb 10
WOW! That's so sweet of her! It's really amazing and touching. I think when I become a mom I would be like her, haha. :-)
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I have a nice fabric covered box that holds letters, cards, et all that I have saved from family and friends. I actually wish I had saved more of the letters my Mom and Dad wrote me as they are both in Heaven now and I wish I had them. My Mom wrote me every week when I was in college, just little newsy stuff and we'd write about my classes and friends and such. I think I should have saved them since then I'd have abit of a time capsule of those days. I think it's wonderful that your friends and yourself worked out any arguements in writing cause them you had time to think about what was written and how you were going to respond. Many friendships and marriages could likely benefit from that way of resolving things rather than having verbal exchanges that can get out of hand and things are said that can't be unsaid. I'd hold onto the bag and keep adding to it as it will be special thru out your life. It's sweet and special!! Be Well!!
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
I agree! I feel awkward at verbally expressing myself so that's what I did before. It's sweet because we would even say sorry through the letters. When I read them all memories just come to mind again, and it makes me teary-eyed. Some of them have been thrown away by my mom, and that really made me sad. =( Good thing there were still many left.
• United States
31 Jan 10
I think if you keep them all together and let her know how special they are to you, she won't throw anymore away. I am sure she didn't mean to discard something that meant so much to you. It's a special part of your growing up and I think it's wonderful that you have been so good at keeping that together! I wish I had saved more of the letters from my Mom and Dad who are now in heaven tho I still have several. I moved many times when I was younger and somehow some of them got tossed out. That's why you are so smart to keep them all together! I wish I had done that sooner! I think you will also find that as you learn to express yourself in the letters, it will be easier face to face too!! Be Well!
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Yes, I keep it for remembrance,it is like a diary to me.I keep my best friend letter & boyfriend letter. I treasure it.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Your boyfriend gives you letters? Wow sweet! There aren't many guys who do that.
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Yes, It so sweet to send some letters in your mailbox. It is a surprise for me to read the sweet words of my boyfriend in his hand written.
• Philippines
11 Feb 10
When I was young I can do that, i keep all the letters I received but there were many storms/ typhoons came into my life , the letter were torn and put into the garbage. I do not care at all. Just recently we wer got affected by Typhoon Ondoy. most of my class cards and receipts and notebook were turn into waste. It has a lot of memories but we can't do anything about it. I love keeping the letters too, it was memorable before because of the dates on the letter . It brings back the memories. I admire those people that can be able to keep the letters until they get old.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
12 Feb 10
Even class cards? Oh, that's bad. We were affected by Ondoy, too, and good thing the important documents were enclosed in a plastic envelope, although they got wet. Yes, those people are sentimental and appreciative that they get to treasure them for so long. I'll do that, too. Thanks.
• China
30 Jan 10
I used to write and receive letters from my friends of high school when I was in college.We were far apart at that time and kept in touch with letters.It was a beatuful memory.But now,we are all busy with work that don't write letters to each other anymore.Instead of that,we turn to send email or message.But I still cherish the memory of that time and I keep those letters all the time.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
It's sad how technology can remove that sweetness from communication. =( That's why it's really a must to keep those letters, because we never know when we're gonna receive one again...
@illfavors (592)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I do have like three boxes of letters that I have kept from high school that I need to go through and organize into a scrapbook. I used to keep letters all the time, but stopped doing it because I really don't get letters anymore. Now I save special e-mails because that's how I get most of my communication now.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
From letters to emails. It really feels good to communicate. Though I really prefer letters to emails. I haven't got many emails from loved ones and friends. All the emails I get are notifications from websites that I belong with. =(
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
30 Jan 10
I had penfriends when I was a teenager, and I would keep all of their letters in a folder. I could even completely fill that folder, so I had to use a new one for the upcoming letters. In the end I filled 3 folders before stopping sending letters!
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Nice! I've never had a penpal before. I just wrote to people I know. But anyway it's still sweet. :-)
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I like to keep letters, too. ^-^ With all these facebook, myspace, blog this and that its rare to give hand-written letters to people. I haven't done it myself for a while, though in 2008 when my friend went off to college we decided to be "penpals" to stay in touch. I still have a few letters in my memory box from him. When I was a kid, my friends and I ALWAYS used to pass notes in class- I still have a couple of those, too.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
It's really cute and sweet because even though you're just sitting in the same room, you exchange letters like you haven't seen each other for years. :-)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Everything depends, if it is a card or letter from my boyfriend or parents I would definitely keep it, they are more personal than email, because you can see the handwriting of the person.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
The computer types the e-mail. It's sweet that a person would take time to write his/her words into paper. And it's even cuter when the handwriting isn't legible enough. :-)
@l33tgirl (289)
• New Zealand
29 Jan 10
I've received lots of letters in my lifetime, but I haven't kept them. At the time I didn't think they were important and I regret it now, I would love to be able to pull out old letters and remember my friends from school and people that were once important in my life.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Aww. I'm glad you finally realize their worth. Start keeping it if somebody gave you one. :-) It feels really good to reread them.
@y2j2008 (44)
• Sri Lanka
29 Jan 10
I don't receive much letters except mobile bill and internet bill..There's no reason to keep them because I receive each of those every month.But if I receive a letter from a girl..sure I will keep it....
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
LOL. I don't think bills belong to the "letter" category. I'd be glad if you keep any letter. That would be sweet of you. :-)
@cindy27 (130)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Im a sentimental person too. I love reading and collecting old letters from my loved ones. But when i moved to my boyfriend's house I left my sentimental stuff from my parents house with my other things that I cannot bring which is not much important from me then. Eventually the letters had gone and maybe they included it to trash when they clean the whole house. it is so sad.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
You should have brought those letters with you. :-( Or your family should have kept them instead. :-(
@arystine (1275)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Yes, I keep the letters given to me by my family and friends. I treasure letters, being a sentimental person. I like re-reading them and sometimes it brings a smile on my face or tears to my eyes. I like to keep these letters on pretty cardboard boxes. They have a special place on my closet.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
It feels great right? When I read letters it gives me a roller coaster of emotions. I smile, laugh, and cry, and then it just makes me think how silly we were as kids. :-)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
I love giving and receiving letters :) I tied together all the letters I've received with a brightly colored ribbon (apple green :)). I personally think that letters are way better than emails. I haven't received any love letters yet lol but I'm hoping that my future boyfriend or suitor will write me some. I used to always write letters to my parents when I was very young and they've kept it in a box so when I grow older, I can read what I wrote to them. I read them whenever I'm feeling sentimental or when I happen to be cleaning the house :))
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Agreed. Compared to emails, letters have a personal touch to it. :-) Anyway, that's sweet of you to write your parents letters. I'm kinda shy to my family, that's why I only happen to give them letters during recollection and graduation days.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Yeah, I got a whole box full of them. Letters since grade school until college. It was now sitting in the dark place of my parents stock room. Hope that one day I'll be able to open them again and savor the past. Never got a hold of them since I got married (especially those love letters!lol).
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Yeah, i still keep it in my box for letter i receive since email in the past is still not available. keeping letter is a great way to reminisce the past and i could still feel in touch by just reading the messages which are carefully worded and handwritten by the person itself who write it to me. I especially keep those love letter from admirer and greeting cards given to me by my friends in different occasion. it bring out the sentimental person in me, as i am happy by reading them and just go back again to read it whenever i get the tendency to miss those handwritten letter have really have unique content compare to email which somehow lack personal touch.
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
yes i keep every letters that my friends give me...i treasure it a lot..because it is a proof that we shared awesome moments and that we accepted each other..and not just letters even the stuff toys everything from them..especially the ones from my family:D