Friday, April 29, 2011

I'll remind you to keep in touch

Do you write letters anymore, in this day of digital, computerized, 'I-can-just-text-you', advanced technological 'we-can-send-emails-through-the-interwebs'?
Real letters. You know the kind, you sit down in a comfortable place, with a piece of paper and pen in your hand, maybe a cup of coffee nearby?

In taking short polls here and there over the last week, I'm finding that most people forego the old fashioned letter writing.

"It's so much easier and quicker to text"
"I just shoot them a quick email"
"Nah, I'll call before I'll write a letter"
"I message through Facebook"
"I @reply them in twitter, it's FAST" <-----this one made me laugh, it's true, it IS fast. There's that whole 140 character limitation, but that forces one to summarize quickly.

When I was younger I used to write my Grandma and Grandpa letters. I still have the letters they mailed me over the years. I'm so glad I kept them, now that they are no longer here with me. Very fond memories I find, when I pull them out and read them again.

I don't know though, there is something about opening my mailbox and finding a hand-written letter inside. My first thought is, how cool that they took the time to write this. I don't throw letters away, I can't bring myself to do it. I will throw cards away, I must confess. But not a hand-written note. It's personal, and giving, and I like it.
You may be the next one on my list,

I'll ask you how you are doing, what's been happening in your world, and share a little of what has been happening in mine in conclusion.

Oh and I'll remind you to keep in touch.

See you soon friend,

PS A breakfast smoothie can provide world peace. I'm sure of it.


Serenity said...

Ahhhh, there's a wonderful book called The Gift of a Letter. I'll never forget it. I love getting letters and I love to write them. I'm afraid I've gotten out of the habit outside of thank-you's, and that's a shame. Because they really are so lovely. I've heard they might eventually quit teaching cursive in schools. Someone said an art will be lost if they do. I quite agree. I'm all for digital, but there's nothing like handwritten.

Tiffany said...

I want to read that book! Adding to my GoodReads shelf. WHY would they stop teaching cursive, good grief. Handwritten....please don't go away, I will miss you too much. =)