letter writing revival

by Lauren W

“The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains.” – Proverb

Long, long ago it used to be that the mail man (as this is what letter carriers/postal workers were called then) used to deliver more than just bills, fliers and the yearly dose of birthday cards – they delivered letters as well. Letters from friends, lovers, family, pen-pals (remember those?) all hand written with care. This is no longer the case. In today’s fast paced, social media savvy, Smartphone, iPhone kind of world people are far more likely to text, tweet, facebook, email or refer someone to their blog rather than send an actual letter. This isn’t exactly ground-breaking news, but it is a bit sad when you stop to think about it.

If you’ve ever come across old letters while de-cluttering your closet, cleaning out your grandparent’s basement, estate sale or even at a second hand store (yes, they do end up there, but that’s a whole separate issue…) you know that there is something incredibly special and nostalgic about leafing through letters from years past. It’s pretty cool being able to remember past events and friends from an earlier chapter of your life; learning more about your family or seeing them in a different light; or getting a glimpse in to someone else’s life. So it’s a bit sad that letters have gone by the wayside -scrolling through an inbox just doesn’t hold quite the same appeal.

We’re not suggesting you stop sending emails or facebook messages and take to exclusively writing letters – let’s be realistic here – but it would be nice if more people took the time to send a letter or card ‘just because’ every once in a while.

Just a thought…

If you are so inclined, there’s an actual letter writing club just up the street from our Main Street store at the Regional Assembly of Text, with typewriters and all!