Monday, May 09, 2011

Mail and letter writing


C.L.A.S. friends, I have not forgotten you. I've been savouring your letters and waiting for the "perfect" time to sit down, uninterrupted, and write you all back on these second round of letters. Which we all know that uninterrupted time is hard to find!
It has been so satisfying to write and read these letters. I love that I can get them out and savour each word over and over, and instead of font, it's your actual handwriting. It makes it so much more personal and heartfelt than an email. I remember my grandmother always had a writing desk that she saved just for writing letters. She was good at that. Even in the assisted living home that she lived in the last years of her life, she had a spot just for writing. It was an important part of her day. It was also her way of ministering to others.
Never underestimate the power of words and the power of written words. Written words tell others that you took the time out of your day to focus on them, whether it is in an email or a handwritten letter or a text, or in person.

"The sturdy, dependable nature of a piece of mail is is really the crux of its charm. Mail has long been a way of showing that you've taken the time to consider what you want to say to someone; phone calls and even e-mails don't require the same level of reflection. It's also a way of transporting a bit of someones essence in a way that no technology since has been able to replicate. Even just a dashed-off note shows off your penmanship, your stamp choice; your return address label may belie your support of the ACLU. An envelope can even carry your scent--try doing that, Yahoo!. What's more, postcards and letters are objects that represent a specific moment and place in a way that an email time stamp can't do. You might never make it outside of your hometown, but you can touch something that has traveled halfway around the world or that was postmarked more than over a hundred years ago. In second-hand stores and attic drawers, boxes of old postcards give us three-sentence glimpses into former existences, preserving candid snippets of lives long finished. E-mails printed out for posterity are likely to capture not nearly as many ephemeral details about your life other than, perhaps, the fact that your toner was low." ~Anna Jane Grossman Obsolete

Related:

How words can weave a friendship
The Society for the Prevention of Empty Mailboxes
Collegiate pen pal society revives art of letter writing

3 comments:

Clare said...

And nor have I forgotten you :) A Mostly finished letter has been sitting on my coffee table for quite some time now :)

contented sparrow said...

i just happened upon a letter today and the simple sight of the envelope's handwriting conjured up images of this lovely friend sitting with a mug of coffee pouring out her love to me. that's what letters can do as opposed to email.
loved this post, andrea.

tonia said...

*big smile*

YES!!!