The Art of the Letter

The Art of the Letter

Does anyone write real letters anymore? I know I used to write to several friends on a regular basis, and I always enjoyed receiving letters back. It was a time to pour a cup of tea, take a break, and catch up on their latest news. Now, I’m down to just one or two friends who communicate with me via “snail mail” — and that’s only because they aren’t on Facebook and rarely use email. 

I have a wide network of “friends” on Facebook, but it’s just not the same. It’s short and quick — but I miss the time it takes to write a letter and the time it takes to savor reading one.
 
But it doesn’t have to be a dying art, does it? Lately I’ve been consciously planning ahead to send birthday cards (not just posting a Happy Birthday via Facebook) and write thank-you notes, and I even wrote an actual letter to one friend (she hasn’t responded yet, though).
 
“A letter is a blessing, a great and all-too-rare privilege 
that can turn a private moment into an exalted experience.
 – Alexandra Stoddard
 
Real letters can be saved and treasured, in a way that digital communication just never will be. They can be passed down to future generations. But email, or Facebook posts? It’s hard enough to go back and find what you sent or posted last week! 
 
There’s something about the act of writing that is valuable in itself. I worry that our kids aren’t being taught this much anymore. And while they are incredibly computer-literate and tech-savvy, what about penmanship? 
 
I don’t think even the coolest tablet or smart phone can take the place a well-made fountain pen and fine writing paper, and I don’t think they should.  
 
How about you? Do you write letters these days? 
 
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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.