Is there anything better than receiving a letter or even a postcard in the mail?
A rare occurrence these days… and one I miss.
Letter writing is an art… for a well-written letter not only imparts information but also allows the reader to have a connection with the sender… whatever the purpose of the dialogue.
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Writing to each other hasn’t diminished… it is even more prolific than ever… it is the way we write that has changed.
We now communicate in ways that we could never have imagined… written lives are global and in terms of our ability to “chat” with each other… it’s a small, small world.
For that I am extremely grateful.
We message, we text, we post images and we email…
Email is the new thank you note, condolence letter and business opportunity rolled into one.
A date or a break-up… I suppose that they can be orchestrated by email too.
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Email format stays rigidly the same, despite the content.
There is very little personalisation…except for the ‘signature’ at the end… in most cases the last few lines are more about practicalities and social media than individuality.
Letters were about more than words… letters were about paper and scent… about design and creativity.
Letters were about penmanship…
They required forethought… and time. Instant messaging was left in the hands of the post office and delivered by telegram.
Short cuts and capitals meant nothing more than grammar. Gratification was in the planning, in the execution and the delivery.
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I don’t feel the same about emails as I do about letters… I appreciate their practicality and directness…yet I regret my lack of pen on paper.
My very poor excuse is time and the lack of it… When did that ever count as an acceptable reason?
I have become lazy and too quick to hit, “new” or “reply”.
I truly miss letters and when I do receive a handwritten note I am so delighted…
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I want to write again… letters and cards…
I want to play with paper and get my fountain pen moving again… I want to see the ink flow, I’m itching to exercise my fingers and watch my hand glide across the page…
That’s what I will be doing next week…
Check back… because I will be writing to you and sending hand written wishes…
In the meantime… have a glorious weekend… xv
The Art Of The Letter
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