Writing letters

Germany
September 4, 2012 9:01am CST
In 1988, when I moved to another country and far away from my friends, I used to write letters to my friends during the next two or three years. We exchanged those letters regularly, until the time won and this habit was disrupted. Actually, we use the internet and tools like emailing and skype to get in touch with friends and family, but sometimes I miss the habit of writing letter by hand and the waiting time until we get a letter back. Someone else miss the time of writing letters? Or do you still write some?
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• Philippines
4 Sep 12
i wrote letters to my friends but sometimes those letters are discarded. but i was touched by the magazine august issue of reader's digest where carmel valencia is still writing some letters to her family and friends. she's a young woman who rediscovers the joy of receiving letters the old - fashioned way. as what she said, I'm doing my part in keeping a vanishing art alive.
• Germany
4 Sep 12
It's a pity when the letters don't reach the receptors. I also thought about starting to write letters and leave the emails only for urgent messages. Even sending postcards it's very funny, particullary when you recieve or send postcards, it's like if you send a part of the place where you or the other person is staying. Do you have any postcards from other places?
• Philippines
5 Sep 12
yes i have three, one from Canada, the other one from Bangkok,China, then from Japan. i have friends there. yet they seldom send me letters these past few years because doing it in the email is much easier. however, i'm keeping them.
• Germany
6 Sep 12
It's surely nice to collect those cards, I would keep them either to remember. There are still persons who even collect stamps.
@else22 (4319)
• India
5 Sep 12
I love writing letters.Texting is something I don't like.It seems too dry and mechanical lacking the cordiality that a hand written letter has.With the advent of computer and cellphones,writing letters has become a thing of the past and only a handful of people write them.The other day our postman told us the post office now receives a much fewer number of letters now.I,for one,still love writing letters.
• Germany
7 Sep 12
I also believe that the traffic of letters by the post office is less now than in the passed. But, at some places they still have a lot of traffic by offices who send printed letters to their clientes(assurance services, banks, and so on) and there are also places where people send or recieve packets. On Tenerife, for example, which belongs to Spain, there are living many people from abroad (England, France, Beglium, Germany and also from different coungries of South America). Those people send packets to their family staying still in the country of their origin. So there, the post office is almost full of clients.
@else22 (4319)
• India
7 Sep 12
No,I meant,long and handwritten letters that people used to write to there relatives and friends before nineties here in India when cellphones and computers were not around.I recall the love and cordiality hidden in those letters.Those were the good old days when human beings looked like human beings,not machines.
@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Sep 12
I haven't written a letter by hand in years. I email and I poke friends on Facebook. I think this is a nice way to say 'hi' and stay in touch. I do miss the mailman bringing me letters from friends and my grandmother. I didn't save a one of them. Would love to look at one now and remember.
• Germany
6 Sep 12
If we conserve some letters from our passed, we would have like biography of our own life. Without the, we only can remember that we had the habit to write letters, a habit which children nowadays maybe never will experience.
@toyota4k (1212)
• Philippines
5 Sep 12
During the time when the cellphone was not yet here, I write letters to my friends and anybody I wish to. Writing love letters was one of my practice and that's how I became a husband. Some friends would also come to me to have their love letters made. lol
• Germany
6 Sep 12
That's a nice experience to find your partner through letters exchange! You are surely a good writer in love letters. I found my husband thanks to internet, we started with the messenger. The communication is a deep factor to build up a good understanding between people and it can unify even nations.
• Greece
5 Sep 12
Hi, Camomile, like you I also moved to another country and for a year or more I regularly wrote and received letters. After that the post box yielded letters from friends less often and now,after 6 years, the only people I still keep in touch with have been those on the internet. Some of us do so via via Skpe too and that is better than an email. There is one exception to this, a friend who has no email and enjoys writing letters. We met at a writing class. She says I am the only person who ever replies to her letters. She writes her heart out and I keep her letters in a special file. As a result of this we both look forward to getting one another's letters, we usually write two or three times a a month. I have got to know her much better than when we lived in the same village.
• Germany
6 Sep 12
It's a very nice experience you still have with your friend, of course. In my opinion, we should try our best not to loose those traditions. But it's also pleasant to get in touch with your family via skype if you live far away, that's my case, I sometimes phone to my pharents by this way.
5 Sep 12
i think we should cope with technoloy.writing letters was a tardition and good and acccording to emotions but there are other problems like time delay and problems in postal service.skype and email provide you instant communication.no doubt letters have their own charm but if you want to discuss something important the it is neccessary.
• Germany
6 Sep 12
I agree with you, the technology (the fast it works) helps us to resolve many problems. The emotions passed over to a second place.
• United States
4 Sep 12
My boyfriend went into army basic training the beginning of May and for 10 weeks that was the only way he could talk to me. It was pretty neat getting letters because they were something I could read over and over again. But I missed always hearing his voice and getting calls from him. Writing letters is nice, but I also like to actually talk on the phone as well.
• Germany
6 Sep 12
In deed it's nice to hear the voice of whom you love. But also the handwriting letters have got a big value, it's something you can hide and remember some years ago or you can show some of it to your grandchildren when you are old!?
@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
4 Sep 12
yes one can't help but miss those times when we were counting days expecting to receive responses for letters we sent. But modern technology have put a stop to this.
• Germany
6 Sep 12
You are right, with technology there is no waiting time any more, as you can talk to someone (family, friends, partners or even someone from the work) in real time through programs like skype or write with someone through messenger. It helps to stay in touch with who we want and even to resolve some problems quickly. So you don't miss the time of handwriting letters?
@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
4 Sep 12
Sometimes I miss the time when I wrote and received lots of handwritten letters. When I was a teenager I had lots of penpals from around the world. I loved writing to them and receiving their letters. We talked a about a lot of things in our letters and we exchanged thoughts, experiences and information about our countries. When I got back to my home I always hoped that there was a letter for me in the mailbox and I was very happy when I discovered that one of my penpals that sent me a letter. I also exchanged letters with my friends from my own country and I was also very happy to hear from them. Today I don't write letters by hand anymore and I keep in touch with friends via emails instead. Emails are faster, cheaper and easier, but sometimes I miss the old handwritten letters.
• Germany
6 Sep 12
It's a nice experience. Most of us agree that the computer and internet is very helpfull nowadays, easy to manage, fast, cheap... and so on. But even so, many of us miss even a part of the old time like handwriting letters or playing outside as a child instead of sitting in front of a computer or a gameboy.... isn't it strange that recognizing the importance of the technology we still miss the passed?
@sishy7 (27667)
• Australia
4 Sep 12
Yeah, I miss those too. The only letters I hand write these days are notes to my sons' teachers when they are absent or late for school... And the only hand written letters I receive through the mail are greeting cards from my sister overseas...
• Germany
5 Sep 12
The same happens to me writing notes for the teachers when I recieve notes from then and so on. It's more like telegraphing, short messages only. But it's not the same like recieving a letter by post from a friend who lives far away.
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@Shavkat (56604)
• Philippines
4 Sep 12
I used to collect letters and put it in my shoe box. But now, I don't receive any letters from my loved ones, instead loaded in my emails. I missed receiving formal letters.
• Germany
4 Sep 12
Writing and recieving letters is more emotive, this is one negative part of the internet. It's right that emails (and internet) has got many convenience, but there are also some bad points to claim.
@else22 (4319)
• India
5 Sep 12
I love writing letters.Texting is something I don't like.It seems too dry and mechanical lacking the cordiality that a hand written letter has.With the advent of computer and cellphones,writing letters has become a thing of the past and only a handful of people write them.The other day our postman told us the post office now receives a much fewer number of letters now.I,for one,still love writing letters.