When was the last time you wrote a letter? 💌
I used to write many letter by hand. I’d get creative, use different coloured markers, doodle little pictures to illustrate the pages… These letters would be sent to my grandmother in Switzerland or the school friends I left behind when we moved to Canada, and to various other family. I had very old great-aunts in Switzerland, an aunt in Italy, a cousin in Denmark, a friend in Germany… We wrote each other letters because back in those days, there was no email. 📝
Today, I write emails, and I text. I still write traditional letters to the surviving older family members, but I often type those out, print them and insert photographs for illustration. I don’t really hand write letters very often anymore. ✍️
For me, old-fashioned letter writing has kind of lost its appeal. I don’t even bother with cards much anymore, either.
But every once in a while, a letter in the traditional, meant-from-the-heart method rumbles out of my head. This happened to me recently, and since I typically sit at a keyboard, I let the words flow as they came.
When I was done, I stored my letter in one of my apps as I contemplated whether or not to send it.
I admit I do like neat and orderly presentation of words on screens and printed pages. I remember my handwritten letters as neat and colourful at the beginning and then messier, less structured toward the end. I don’t know why I couldn’t muster keeping focus to write neatly all the way through a single letter… But my typed letters, they’re neat and tidy, organized and structured. 🙄 #OCD
But back to my typed letter.
Writing it was the perfect exercise to address my wavering, somewhat unstable emotional state. If you read here regularly you know we’re still in lockdown (15 months and counting)… So when the words appeared, first in my subconscious and later in the tips of my fingers, I allowed them to flow into my keyboard.
The letter eventually left its home in the app and was received, and acknowledged, by its recipient, which is good. It pumped me up to write another letter to a different friend with whom I seem to have grown apart over the last little while…
But today, I didn’t feel like writing letters. Instead, I blogged about letter writing… 😀
Do you still write letters to people? Are they composed as email, or printed and mailed in envelopes? Or do you still write your letters by hand?