Some Thoughts On Letter Writing

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?

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Some Thoughts On Letter Writing

  1. There is a lot of thought and anticipation that goes into letter writing. Unfortunately, once people realized they could send texts, the idea of writing a letter went out the window for most people. I’m not even sure many people write anymore, unless they are in school. It’s sad, really.

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    1. Exactly! Working with kids, I realized very quickly that they generally use a computer for writing a majority of the time. I get the convenience of it, but they should be hand writing just as much, especially at a young age. Most kids aren’t even being taught cursive anymore! It’s very sad indeed.

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      1. They don’t teach them cursive anymore? That’s ridiculous. And in 20 years these kids are gonna be criticized for not knowing how to do basic things and it’s gonna be their fault because they weren’t taught otherwise.

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      2. It’s crazy! I believe this is partly why more and more parents are choosing to homeschool their kids. Basic skills like writing are being ignored! It happens in every generation. Kids aren’t taught certain skills and they grow up to be criticized for not knowing what they’re doing. The education system practically needs an entire reformation.

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      3. I agree. They don’t teach life skills in school. And the people who can implement a new system are so clueless about what children actually need. They think putting more technology and iPads in classrooms is the answer.

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      4. Kids can recite Hamlet, every element in the periodic table, and complex mathematical equations, but God forbid they learn how to do taxes, write in cursive, and manage their money. Both are equally important, but there needs to be a balance. There’s no sense in having knowledge if you don’t know how to apply it. Yes, parents should be teaching these things too, but they need help from professionals. And realistically a lot of kids will grow up to only be taught what is given to them in school. Sure, give the kids iPads if the school can afford it, but not at the expense of a class with real-life applicable skills. As someone who worked in a classroom and studied the academic field for a couple years, no one is teaching educators how to properly educate anymore. No one is willing to step up and admit that giving kids more tests, more technology, and more knowledge they don’t know what to do with is not the answer.

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