The Lost Art of Letter Writing

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to a friend in Wisconsin. A real letter—using a pen and paper. I used to write letters all the time, but now it’s really a rarity. And as much as I enjoyed picking out the stationery I would use and the feel of my favorite fountain pen gliding across the paper, I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to do this but for the fact that this particular friend doesn’t use email. She’s not on Facebook. No tweeting. No texting. But she writes the most delightful letters! Her handwriting is neat and so pretty. She shares snippets of her life in rural Wisconsin and always includes pictures of her garden.

Speaking of letters, Servant Books has a new book on Padre Pio coming out this fall, Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day. Translated from Italian, it’s a wonderful collection of 365 letters written by this beloved saint. The letters are full of spiritual wisdom and advice to laypeople and priests, and some of the letters are between Padre Pio and his spiritual directors. Somehow, it’s hard to picture such richness shared via email or Facebook. Sometimes there’s just nothing like a real letter.

In fact, I have a few other friends who also have chosen not to join the digital age. It’s sad, but I’ve pretty much lost touch with them. But I think I’ll plan to write some more letters—soon!

How about you? Are there special people in your world who would welcome a card or letter from you?

Photo: Simon Howden


About the Author

Claudia Volkman is a director of product development for Servant Books. She and her husband, Scott, live in Florida, where she enjoys walking, knitting, and spending time with her Corgis.
  • BarbaraKB

    Claudia, I just wrote a thank you card to my MIL today. Why? I wanted to put a picture of her grandson in the note. While she’s on Facebook and enjoys our updates, I *know* she expects a thank you card and photos from me on occasion. Why? It’s just what you do.

  • chandra bose

    Yes, things have changed, every one forgot the joy of writing letters with pen and paper, People are moving with the changes and using internet for communication and collaboration. I am training my kids to use the stationery. I can never forget my mums letters when i was studying in board schools!! Thanks for reminding every one and hope this is shared with world!
    letter writing

    • Claudia Volkman

      Chandra, I love that you’re teaching your children to use stationery! I think handwriting is important too for developing fine motor skills. I used to teach a calligraphy class to 6-9 year olds, and the boys with worst handwriting improved the most!

  • Samarajames

    Well as for as letters are concerned you are pretty right that now persons are not using it . But in case of cards I think situation is different and people are sending cards to their loves ones on different occasions.

  • Claudia Volkman

    Well – Hallmark would like to hear that, I’m sure. But even in my own life, I tend to send an e-card or a Facebook message, when once I would have sent a physical card. It’s a trend I plan to reverse!