Rediscovering the Lost Art

“To write is human, to receive a letter: Devine!” 
― Susan Lendroth

In today’s world, snail mail has a bad rap.  Not many people use it anymore for personal use.  Christmas cards don’t even make much of a dent in my mailbox.  In fact, I rarely send them…which I think I will start again this year.  Getting mail of a personal nature makes me happy!  Yes, it is true.  I could go a whole week and not check the mail because I know that it is junk mail or bills waiting to be opened.  

Back during the week of Easter in April, my son and his family came for a visit.  It was a delightful time and I know how much I loved having him around.  My son, though, is not a talker (in person or on the phone).  He has the market cornered on coming up with one word answers to questions I ask.  Then it occurred to me that when I was his age I loved to get mail and I still do, especially letters from family.   So I made a decision that I would send him a letter every week.  I realized fully that I would probably never receive one back but I believe it is important to our relationship to do this.  Thus rediscovering the lost art of letter-writing!

Although technology is wonderful, there is something about getting a personal note in the mail.  In fact, these days I believe it might mean more.  It says care, love, and you are significant to me.  Yes, technology allows us face time via a computer screen or a phone app but call me old fashioned, but letter writing has its benefits.  

This afternoon our daughter leaves for a couple of months in California to work in research.  She too will be receiving letters as well, although we talk frequently.  So, if you really want to make someone’s day, join with me in rediscovering the lost art of writing a letter!


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