Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thing #26: Write and send a letter

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I love handwritten letters.  I love getting them.  I love writing them.  I love sending them.  It makes complete sense that I would put this on my list.

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Communication is easier nowadays, for sure.  We have email and texting and facebook and twitter and skype and IM and BBM and pinterest and instagram and blogging and and and.  If you wanted to get a message to me right now, there are no less than 6 ways you could reach me instantly.  Sometimes that feels a little like pressure.  It doesn’t make much sense because most of the steady stream of information coming my way doesn’t even require a response, but I still feel I need to get it right away.  If I can get a message at 6 in the morning, when it was sent, then I feel I should… or else I’m missing out (or something) in those hours I wait to read it.

I guess the reason I love handwritten letters so much is because it feels like a temporary relief from that sort of pressure. Whatever it is you’d like to say, the recipient can’t have it now. They just have to wait. You have to wait too, but it’s a nice feeling- kind of like the feeling you get hiding behind furniture at a surprise party.

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I picked up some cute stationery from Paperchase and started writing.  It was easy and it felt good.  I didn’t just write one letter, I wrote lots.  I used proper grammar and punctuation.  The stickers and doodles mean I’m still fun.

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This here is the opposite of facebook.

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Write to your loved ones.  On actual paper.  Do it.

€5 has been donated to Barnardos for the completion of this ‘thing’.  Click here if you would like to donate online.

15 comments:

Beauty Follower said...

Havent send a letter for sometime....

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

I love sending and receiving snail mail. I do agree that there is a sense of freedom that comes with it. I find that when I don't respond to emails right away, I forget about them,and they fall off my radar. There is always pressure there.

*Erin

Erica said...

This is great. It is so easy to get caught up in digital communication and I feel a lot really gets lost. We are constantly bombarded with e-mails, texts, blog comments (ahem, what am I doing?!! lol), etc., but if you want to really grab someone's attention an old fashioned letter would surely do the trick. It's so much more personal and thought out. Plus, you can't add stickers or doodles to an e-mail.

Keep up your letter writing!

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Josie said...

This is such a lovely post! You're right, there's nothing like a handwritten letter xxx

Emmy said...

Such a great idea:) I know what you mean...in this age of social media, letter-writing is one form of communication that we don't get to do a lot anymore. I kinda miss it coz it reminds me of the time my older sis and I used to send each other letters when she moved away.

fluff and fripperies said...

You know what? I will. This weekend. I will write to an old friend in Scotland xo

Kashaya said...

I love getting letters unfortunately you almost never get letters anymore...

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Jenny said...

I love sending handwritten letters. Thanks for a great post!

Caro * said...

So cute :)

Mariana said...

Oh, I haven't done this for a while... I should...

little t said...

Emmy, my sister and I used to do the same thing when she moved out of the house to go to college. I still have most of the letters!

Delighted that I inspired you to write to your friend Emma!

yessie said...

I miss getting letters, I'm always saying (as I'm going thru the Bills I
Sent in the mail) doesn't anyone write letters to say hello!? Great post!

Misty said...

My best friend lives far from me so we are pen pals. We both love letters, stickers, paper and everything that has anything to do with writing :) Too bad there aren't many places here where you can buy letter writing supplies so I can only drool over letter sets in link you gave here :D

little t said...

Misty, I love that people still have penpals! It must be so nice waiting on letters from your best friend- how nice!