Pen to paper.......11:44 AM
It's one of those things that is becoming completely lost in the modern world.
We strive to keep up with the times, to make contacting someone an immediate thing, and while that is all great in a way, I think that in our eagerness to do so, we're losing an art that is intimate and so personal.
I haven't written an actual letter, like pen to paper letter, in years.
And I'm not going to completely blame the technology we have today, I mean, I wrote letters back and forth with my grandmothers back in South Africa, but I slacked on the writing too, truth be told.
But there was such a calmness that came with the letter writing. I was able to put my thoughts to paper, share a story, vent or laugh or ask a question.
I looked forward to receiving the return letter, matter of fact, walking to the mailbox was more exciting than it's been in forever. Nowadays all I get is junk mail or bills.
Knowing that someone took the time to sit down and write you a note, is a feeling like no other. It takes a real effort to do it whereas with an email, it's almost impersonal isn't it?
So as my hubby is away, I have decided that I'm going to get back to letter writing. While the kids sit down to read every day, I will be pulling out my Letter Basket and jotting a note to a family member, or a friend.
It doesn't have to be a super long letter, even just a small note will suffice, and I know they'll appreciate it, especially my grandmas. Time to sharpen up my Portuguese again and work on my penmanship which has suffered with all this online typing. Blech!
But I'm excited to get back into writing. It will be fun filling up my writing basket with pretty paper, envelopes, pretty stamps etc.
I did talk about letter writing back in 2010 when I did my Postcard Exchange.
I think the biggest fear for me, or rather, sadness, is thinking that when my Nicholas and Jasmine are older, they will not have a stack of letters written by a family member or a friend.
How sad is that?
Anyway, I wanted to once again thank you all for listening to me vent, offering wonderful words of advice, and reminding me that I WILL be ok and I WILL make it through.
I'm feeling a lot better today :)
On this day:
In 2006: Remember When?
In 2007: Good Morning from Lawton, Oklahoma
In 2009: Chiquita Smoothies
In 2010: Unafraid by Karen Goodman
In 2011: 31 Days of Prayer for my Husband #2