Look at what I wrote! … i mailed a snail. I did not mail a snail. That would be silly.
I handwrite letters and snail mail (U.S. Mail) them for both personal and business occasions. My callused fingers are a reflection of how I hold my writing tools.
I believe a handwritten letter, has a personal touch/feel about it. Both in creating and receiving of a letter. I feel that when a letter is ‘heart-written’, a part of the writer (a piece of their consciousness) embeds into that letter. Perhaps forever!?.
My letters are a creation. I do not just ‘sit down and write’. When ‘something’ in my world, brings ‘someone’ to my attention, I am inspired to write to that person.
Receiving a letter from someone also promotes the beginning of a letter. I will ‘recap’ their letter and respond completely to it, as the opening to their next letter.
Using snail mail for correspondence, mirrors the days of the ‘Pony Express’. A month or more can easily go by before receiving a reply. Tis easy to forget what you wrote to the person.
Letter writing is ongoing for me. There are often several letters being composed at the same time. I will set a letter aside, waiting for the next ah-hah “letter worthy” moment.
I start the paragraph with the date, when I ‘continue’ with their letter. It can take me days/weeks, to compose a letter for snail mail.
I will admit, several, several (I did not stutter) years ago, I got away from ‘handwriting’ letters. I had a new fangled word processor.
Typing had benefits:
- I could ‘erase’ typos, when I found them
- Typing was much quicker
- The font was smaller, used less paper
- I knew everyone could read it
In time, along came the computer and printer. Wasn’t I getting fancy? Now I could do all kinds of graphics and cool stuff to my letters, not to mention – there was now, email.
I enjoyed communicating in those electronic fashions for a good number of years. However, something was missing. I was beginning to feel deprived of … ? something. How odd and yet, I knew.
One day, I had the strongest urge to handwrite a letter. So I did. What I experienced during the course of writing that one letter, was an eye opener.
No, it was a ‘reality shock’!
I was ‘shocked’ to discover ‘no delete key AND no auto spellcheck’.
I am serious! I felt it! Like a ‘panicky lost’ sensation, “Where did it go?”
Followed by the realization, “I was now responsible for spelling?” How technology dependent I had become! Was I becoming a cyber-junkie?
Oh, and not to mention the various aches and pains my body barked at me during and after that writing.
Perhaps that is why I space my letters out, writing only a little at a time.
What about you? or am I the only ‘old fashioned’ one here?
- do you handwrite & mail letters
- have you ever gotten a letter from a child who was too young to write
- do you own any postage stamps and do you know where they are
- do you feel a handwritten letter holds a piece of its writer’s consciousness
Thank you, ren