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.