Friday, September 17, 2010

Week-end Simple: Write a letter

Over the summer I sorted through boxes of photographs and letters that had been in my attic for years. Among all of it I discovered hundreds of letters from my sister, written to me when she first moved abroad in the early 90s, before either of us had computers and email. I read the letters, then bundled and sent them to her, a kind of journal of what was going on in her life at that time.

Who still writes letters? I don't mean the occasional thank you note or invitation, but a letter, on a sheet of paper. Last week, I wrote a letter, my first one in years. My son, who is now at college, loves receiving mail; finding a letter in his campus mailbox is an instant high for him.

This weekend, I'll write again, having rediscovered the simple pleasure of writing a letter.


  1. I love writing letters! In fact, a friend from college and I now do it, but I also write long letters to my grandmama keeping her up to date with our life (she's 82 and used to write me letters all the time!). There is no piece of mail better than a hand written letter.

  2. You are so right, it is such a treat to receive a letter. It just makes you feel special. I was thinking of writing a short thank you note to my child's teacher from last year, thanking her for her hard work. Now I definitely will!

  3. I remember in London, people use to give little letters to anyone for any situation and that's nice. In France, people do not write a lot hélas!

  4. I remember writing letters with a pen just like the one in your photo when I was a brings back happy memories.

  5. I love getting letters, I remember when my mom sent me letters at camp, but don't know what I'd say in a letter. I mean phones and email have taken over. But in college I bought a whole bunch of cheap random cards to send to friends. I didn't write much but I think it is nice to find "fun envelope" in your mailbox. I should start that again.

  6. I write letters every Sunday. It's something I have done for years, long before I had a computer. Interestingly enough though, no one writes back. Now and then I will receive a short email thanking me for the note but not often. I wish letter writing would make a comeback. There is something much more special about it than just a few words in your inbox, although that is better than not hearing from someone at all :).

  7. I love letters and used to write them often. I think that the age of email and texting has taken that away from so many. My best friend from high school found a letter I wrote to her in college and she's mailing it to me. I can't wait to see it. i'm sure your sister will be delighted to get these.

  8. I am now trying to go back and write down the stories of our time spent in Indonesia and the Middle East as newlyweds in the 70s, and again in the early 90's with our small children. I wrote our families hundreds of letters during that time, but only my dear Mother-in-Law bothered to save any of them. They are my most treasured resource now, bless her soul!

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