The Lost Art of Letter Writing


No one writes letters anymore…why should they, with text messages and email? I am all for bringing back the lost art of letter writing, where you had to sit down and put pen to paper, with thought put into it. Getting a letter or card in the mail was a big deal. You’d read it quickly, then reread it slowly and taking the words in…that piece of mail could bring great joy or sadness, depending on the contents.

I recently found a box I had forgotten about; inside were letters, old letters, from a boyfriend from long ago. Jim lived in California, I was a Jersey girl. We met when I was spending the summer on Long Beach Island, he was visiting friends he had grown up with there. He was tall and handsome, and I could not for the life of me figure out what he saw in this skinny little blonde girl. But he did…and when it was time for him to leave, he promised to write. Being the typical teenage girl, I thought I’d never hear from him again.

But write he did…long conversational letters, short notes in cards with photos enclosed, postcards from various locations he’d go surfing. Those letters sustained me until the next spring, when he returned. At the airport, he handed me a card that I had to read right then…I still have it.

Bite the bullet and send a letter/note to a loved one or a friend, just to let them know you’re thinking of them. It will make a bigger impact than you can imagine.


About Modesty

Named after a fictional British spy from the 1960s, she's a stickler for manners, tradition, and has a love of the finer things in life, mixed with a naughty sense of humor and a vocabulary, once released, could make a stevedore blush. She hates run-on sentences like the one you just read.

4 Replies to “The Lost Art of Letter Writing”

  1. I think about how – in some ways – it would be cool to not have the convenience of texts, emails and even telephones. The art of writing letters will soon be a distant memory. I was thinking about it and other than signing my name, I can’t recall writing even one paragraph.
    Great job on this reminder of things that are important.

  2. I’ve already told you about my letter writing and my grandfather’s “Smart Pills”…letter writing is not just for communication…family history, National history, and World history are often contained and preserved in letters.

    Well done, Mod!

  3. Xxavier, that pleases me more than you know that you appreciate the art of sending and receiving letters. A written missive, whether delivered via post or horseback, was a special day indeed, and it needs to make a comeback now. Thank you for your kind words!

  4. Mod, I am made remarkably cheered by this episode in your life. I can now take a few days off from wishing the world end in some kind of conflagration. Civilization is not technology… it is one human touching another with words… and devoting the time it takes to arrange them just … perfectly.


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