Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve just sat down and talked to you guys. If you’ve been here since the beginning, you’ll know that that’s pretty much all I used to do. I’ve really missed having the occasional casual post. So, let’s get back to that!
Lately I have been thinking a lot about letter writing. Kind of weird, I know, but hear me out.
I used to write letters to people I was close to. I would leave notes for my parents, exchange in-depth multi-page letters to my cousin all about our lives, pass notes and drawings back and forth with my friends in school, write sappy love letters and poems to the person I was dating (during the times I was dating somebody, of course). I loved everything about it.
There’s something intentional and personal about giving someone a hand-written letter. Even if the content of the letter itself isn’t super personal, it was written for only that person with your unique handwriting. It’s more tangible than a text, email, etc. There is intent and thought behind the writing, but it still maintains a raw and unedited quality. Maybe you scribbled out a word you misspelled, or maybe you drew something in the margins. I like those extra touches.
Besides that, it’s really fun. It feels like sharing a secret with that person, even if you really aren’t. Does that make sense? Plus, there’s the instant rush of excitement as you realize you received a new letter in the mail. Then the content sigh you let out as you finish writing your letter, seal it in an envelope, and stick it in the mailbox to likely never see that particular string of words again.
Why is letter-writing uncommon? I can absolutely understand why pen-pals used to be a desirable thing.
I’ve recently revived letter writing with my cousin, which I am thrilled about. She’s always been like a sister to my siblings and I, so being able to have a hand-written piece of her (hey, that sounds familiar) feels like having a piece of home mailed to me every so often. Is that creepy? I don’t know, I’m a very sentimental person.
I want to write to more friends, more people I don’t even know that well. There’s a sense of honesty that comes along with letter-writing, like a barrier coming down and you suddenly become much less afraid to be an open book. I find it to be a very good indicator of a person’s true personality. Letter writing is a wonderful way to get to know somebody on a deeper level than what their favorite color is or what they usually order at Starbucks (though knowing those little details is always nice as well).
Long story short, I miss having people to write to and I can’t understand why it isn’t more of a common thing to do. What do you think? Is it a dead form of communication for good reason, or is there something beautiful and enticing about it?