|Henry Clive, 1940s|
I have been writing letters and sending note cards and greeting cards since I could write! At one time I had about 25 pen pals but had to stop when my mother died and I became the executor of her estate and the guardian of my developmentally disabled sister. That was 27 years ago. Since then, I have become disabled myself, and am now retired. I still write letters and send cards, but have no pen pals, as such. I know the people I write to.
I believe that the art of penmanship and/or writing is in serious trouble. For one thing, children are not being taught to write. Instead, they send texts on their cell phones, engage with others on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat. They don't know how to spell, either. They use abbreviations, emojis, and a series of what I call "code words" to communicate.
Unfortunately, this isn't just a problem with children. Everyone communicates in this way. I believe a handwritten card or letter is more personal than these methods. It shows the person/recipient that they are important enough that the sender took time from his or her busy schedule to:
- Purchase stationery or greeting cards
- Put pen to paper and share current events
- Buy postage, affix to envelope
- Take card or letter to mailbox
Think about how you feel when you receive "good mail" in your mailbox. Technology can't replace that feeling of something tangible that you can hold in your hand. You can display that card on your mantle or save it in a scrapbook to look at over and over again. Once you have viewed the technological greeting, it is sent to the electronic trash bin never to be seen again.
I encourage you to start a new habit of sending cards and letters or even note cards with a few words penned inside to remind your loved ones and friends how important they are to you.
If you would like me to send you a card or letter, please make a comment below, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ta ta for now,
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."