I’ve started writing letters again!
March 19, 2018 12:37pm CST
Do you remember when you used to look forward to the postman’s arrival? When the things that came through the letter box were postcards from friends and relatives, party invitations, news from old friends or maybe even from penfriends you’d never met? Nowadays when the postman pushes something through the door my heart sinks. Often it’s a bill or a letter from the tax man or the warning of some looming deadline requiring me to fill in long tedious forms, or a begging letter from a charity making me feel a terrible guilt if I don’t donate generously to their worthy cause (and they are almost all worthy, aren’t they?). Even the things that aren’t bad news don’t usually get much more exciting than a bank statement. Yes I do shop online now and then and it’s nice to get a parcel, even if you sent for it yourself, but there isn’t much of an element of pleasant surprise unless you’ve forgotten what you ordered. It seemed as though email and text messaging was going to spell the end of the written word, but you know what? Some of us old fogies, at least, are going back to it. Just because I know how lovely it is to get a message on paper, maybe even hand written. It takes longer and costs more to write a card or letter, maybe print a few pictures to go with it, then send it winging on its way, compared with zapping off a quick text or sharing photos on Facebook. But somehow the end result seems more special, and consequently makes the recipient feel special too. When did you last write a letter? Or receive one? All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2018.
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Last year. I have pen pals from UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, and different cities from this country. However, some of their letters and mine too were never delivered by the postman. They got lost which was very disappointing.
@Fleura Emails would usually go to the junk or spam mail. What's sad with my letters though is that they contain things we like to share to each other like project life cards, wash tapes, stickers, sticky notes, etc.. They weren't only letters. We couldn't send through email.
• United States
I have never stopped but ask what made you quit such a wonderful activity for awhile ? For me exceptionally creative looking hand written letters on stationary picked out just for the recipient to say awww she remembered . . . that makes communication more personal, more real, genuine.
@fleura I think I might just write a letter tonight. I haven’t written one in years, and I know that whomever I will write to will probably think I’ve gone mad, but maybe I have, and I don’t care. And I’d hate to see pillar boxes go redundant. And postmen.
• Toccoa, Georgia
It has been decades since I wrote my last letter. I do have a box out in my shed with old letters from friends written in College.Recently we were rearranging the shed and I looked through the box and going through some of those letters really brought back memories of my College friends.
• United Kingdom
I have a drawer full of letters too, from all sorts of acquaintances! I really must look through it one day and throw them out because I doubt whether my family will want to be left looking through them - or whether I would want them to!
Yes, i understand that now a days it seems that we get in the mail are bills and bad things because of e-mail now. i have one person that does not have a computer so we write letters and in the beginning I was very good at writing back. Now, it is hard to sit on the computer and write a letter these days.
I still receive letters but not personal letters, only business letters from banks mostly. I could not remember the last time I wrote a letter. Sending a private message via facebook or SMS is more convenient and faster so I do this instead of posting a letter.