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Write me a letter why don’t you

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Several years ago I was looking through my junior high and high school papers, and in them I found little folded notes. I opened them up and began reading them with the eyes of an adult. Memories poured in and a big smile grew on my face.

Back in junior high in Saudi Arabia, my friends and I would write notes to each other on pieces of paper and pass it along, either when we saw one another or we would stick the note in each other’s lockers through the little slits. Several of the notes were shared among us, sort of how we send emails now to groups of people. Each person would read and catch up on what was happening or being said, and then add their own little piece of information (usually gossip or annoyance with someone at school).

After we all left Saudi Arabia at the end of 9th grade and dispersed in several directions, we kept in touch by writing letters to each other. I still have many of them. I even cherish them more than I do old emails still sitting in my inbox.

There’s something so personal about a friend taking the time out of their day to sit and write their thoughts down on an actual piece of paper, using their distinct handwriting just to send to you.

We’ve become so impatient and want information now and quickly that we’re losing (or perhaps we’ve lost?) the art of writing letters. I miss it terribly myself.

We’re so bungled up in our smartphones, emails, apps, tablets, and who knows what else gadgets that we don’t look up anymore to ponder and really think what we would like to say and write to a friend using pen and paper.

Everything has to be instantaneous and quick, otherwise you are considered thoughtless and uncaring.

I’m trying to remedy that by writing each friend a letter. I may write it by hand or type it up on a computer (I type faster than I hand write), then send it via snail mail. Whether they write me back using the same method is up to them, but it’s something I want to pick up again.

Sometimes I wish I had a functioning typewriter to even do it somewhat old school.

I don’t know when I’ll be writing each letter and I don’t have a revolving schedule. Good writing is not something that can be forced through dates neatly scribbled in a planner, but something we should take our time with and be thoughtful about. After all, we’re writing to those we cherish the most.

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.  ~ Phyllis Theroux

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  1. Hope you can score an old typewriter. Or, you can use a stamp & letter set to stamp-out each letter of each word. How impressive (and tedious) that’d be :). But in all seriousness, we have definitely lost the art of communication. Not sure I have the burning desire to write letters but certainly personal emails go a long way. This is why I still send out holiday cards with little messages and love receiving them.

    February 27, 2015
    • Marie #

      I wish I could get an old typewriter! Stamp and letter would be a little *too* ambitious. 😉 I love the holiday cards I get from friends and felt so bad I didn’t send out any last year or this year. I have to get my act together this year and do them though.

      February 28, 2015
  2. San #

    You know I am ALL OVER THIS! I used to be a major letter writer… at one point, I had 40+ penpals all around the world. I lost touch with many, but still keep in touch with a handful (or two) of people. I want to write more again. I used to write very long (pages!) letters, I don’t have that kind of time anymore, but even shorter letter would be a nice thing! 🙂 Go for it!

    February 27, 2015
    • Marie #

      Oh yeah, I’m planning on writing short letters, not long ones! I don’t have the time either for that!

      February 28, 2015
  3. First off, I LOVE that image. So good! I have been trying to write more letters this past year. Interestingly, it has spurred friends to write me back the old fashioned way as well. There’s just nothing better than getting real mail!

    March 5, 2015
    • Marie #

      Thank you!! I hope it does the same with my friends too!

      March 6, 2015

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