Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Writing letters: a beautiful tradition

The letters you see here have been sent to me by my cousin and friend, Maggie. Maggie and I started corresponding by 'real mail' over a year ago. It might seem awfully slow in today's top-speed, electronic age, and I agree that emails and instant messages certainly have their advantages, but still - there's something very sweet and special about receiving a real, handwritten letter - so much more individuality in Maggie's beautiful handwriting (or even my untidy scribble, for that matter) than in standard computer fonts.


There are many ways to make a letter especially delightful. Just a drop of perfume or scented oil will make the paper smell wonderfully, and a few dried flowers or leaves, or a small greeting card, will be such a nice gesture. And just look at those pretty sketches of leaves Maggie made! Something simple, yet so sweet. Maggie's letters are kept, treasured, read and re-read. They are always a special treat and I look forward to receiving them.














I'm leaving you for a couple of days and going on a wee break; I'll be back sometime during the weekend, or right after it. There are so many thoughts and ideas I want to share with you. To the sweet friends who visit every day: I'll miss you! To the new visitors - welcome, and make yourselves at home. Wishing you blessed, wonderful and peaceful days for the rest of the week!

33 comments:

Dawn said...

I have been penpalling for 12 years (and always looking for more penpals by the way...world wide!) and there is nothing like getting a letter in your mail box. It's always boosts my spirits and makes me feel better if I have had a rough day. Plus it's nice to know someone took the time out of their busy schedule to sit down and tell you what's been going on in their lives. I love it!

See ya in a few days Anna! God Bless You!

Hugs,
Dawn

Mrs. Yen said...

This is a wonderful post and I enjoy stopping by your blog. As a mom to two young ladies growing up in an email/im/computer age, I'm trying very hard for them to be pen to paper writers using letter writing and journaling.

I know how I feel when I get a piece of mail, handwritten, addressed to me. It's so much more personal and special.

Thanks again for your post!

Haus Frau said...

I exchange letters with a friend who lives no more than 10 miles from me. There's just something about a personal letter...

Please be refreshed this time away, Anna. (( hug ))

Anonymous said...

I agree that "snail mail" can be so much fun to send as well as receive. Electronic mail has its place, & is wonderfully convenient (as evidenced here!), but a handwritten note has a personal quality that feeds something in our souls. For a relatively small investment of time, we can create a little world for the reader, a place they can go to again & again if they like. When I receive a letter from a friend or relative, I treat it like a present, & I savor the quiet moments with that person.

Have a good & restful break, Anna!

Brenda

AnneK said...

I haven't received a personal letter in years. I do miss it. There is something very special about a handwritten note. When I first came here, my dad used to write to me every week and I treasure it so much.

Have a wonderful break, hope to see you soon.

Elizabeth said...

Handwritten letters are wonderful! :-> I love corresponding with my friend via email too, but keeping in touch with them by sending handwritten letters back and forth is ... that little bit more special! Finding a hand-written letter in the mailbox is just so wonderful! :-> Have a great rest of the week, Anna! I'll be thinking of you and will answer your lovely email ... soon, like, after the weekend or something! :->

Ways of Zion said...

I love old fashioned snail mail! It has an added benefit, you aren't so hasty in your comments in a letter then an email I find. As well as the fact it is so personal.

Enjoy your break!

Terry said...

Great post, as usual. I am definitely a pen and paper gal. Most of my posts I write on paper before typing. That may seem like a waste of time, but I just think better that way. Unfortunately, I don't correspond with many people who haven't surrendered totally to the digital age. Good for you that you have someone to write letters to that will write back. Enjoy your break.

Laura H. said...

Anna,
I have nearly 15 penpals that I write by hand to! I love to write to them, and enjoy getting letters from them. SOmetimes they send unexpected surprises with them!
Email is nice, but when it comes to snail mail, I like to just cozy up on the couch with a cup of tea, and read the letters! Oh so neat! It also keeps my handwriting neat!

PandaBean said...

I love writing letters. I have a rather large stationary collection and very few people to share it with. I try to remember to write to my G-ma G who only lives 5 minutes from my house! I also like to write to my friend in Ohio who, with 4 children, has a hard time writing back but I know she loves to hear from me.

I am always looking for more penpals. I love to send and receive letters. Anyone who wants to may contact me thru' my blog if you're interested in starting a corrospondence (sp), tho' you'll have to put up with my bad self-taught penmanship and poor spelling!

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

When my husband and I were engaged, there was a period of a month where we weren't going to see each other at all. I wrote him 31 letters ahead of time and gave them to him tied in a ribbon. He still has them! He said he looked forward to waking up in the morning because he got to read another little note from me. He also said the letters were more personal than e-mails or phone calls, which is so true.

Have a great break!
~Emily

Candy said...

I love letters and cards too. And the idea of a penpal!
Have a nice rest of the week too!!!!
:)

Mrs.B said...

I love letters too! Sending and receiving them. (o:

Enjoy your time away, you'll be missed. (o:

Because of Christ,
~Mrs.B

Susie said...

Anna,
Have a restful blogging break =)

Lillian the Ponderer said...

I am notoriously bad at writing letters, cards or anything that needs to make it from my home to a post box. Many years ago (pre-email days) I wrote a letter but never got round to sending it, one year later I found it, wrote an "update" letter and finally posted it - my friend still laughs at that. My best friend and I haven't seen each other in over 11 years and would not still be in touch if it wasn't for email and instant messanger.

However having said that, when my loved ones receive a letter or card (with more than just "Happy Birthday" in it, they know how rare it is. I sent a special note to my grandmother to arrive on the one year anniversary of my grandfather's death and when I spoke to her that day I understood that she really appreciated the letter (she has kept it in a special place with her mother's letters). I really do want to try and send more letters and cards of encouragement, my fiance and I have decided to send one card each month to different people with a few words of encouragement. Thank you for prompting me on this issue too.

Word Warrior said...

So true, Anna! Love the hand-written letter!

Just wanted to drop in and say hi, something I don't get to do very often!

Kristi said...

Getting a handwritten letter (or even just a short note) in the mail is a rare treat these days. It's refreshing to know that someone thought of you when most days all we get in the mail are flyers, business stuff and bills (my husband works from our home.)

Have a great vacation!

Michelle said...

Enjoy your break. I'm looking forward to your thoughts and ideas when you return.

Brightest blessings...

Jordin said...

There is just something about getting a pretty letter in the mail, isn't it? My best friend and I occasionally exchange letters, even though we talk almost every day! :)

I hope you have a wonderful time away! You'll be missed!

Rebekah S. said...

I completely agree, Anna! Me and 3 of my friends from church write to each other. There's nothing like receiving a letter in the mail from a dear and treasured friend! I just love it!!

We will miss you, Anna! Have a great and restful break. And, if you don't mind, when you have the time, could you please check out my blog again? I've added many new things!

Blessings to you,
Your sister in Christ,
Rebekah

USAincognito said...

Enjoy your time away!
I try to send out cards and letters a couple times a year to friends. But I have to admit, I tend to use email a lot more so.

Rebekah S. said...

Anna, would you mind posting my blog as one of your links?

Mimi said...

I always looked forward to letters from my mother... and I still enjoy getting letters ... but I must admit I don't receive very many...my sisters just call or send E-Mails...
You have a nice break and I'll see you again in a few days

Kathleen said...

Blessings!

Karen said...

Oh I wish I had time to sit down and write real letters! It takes me 20 minutes just to find a pen and paper it seems! LOL.

I'll be looking forward to seeing more posts of yours when you get back! :)

Ewokgirl said...

My sister's family lives in London, and I like to send letters and cards to my nieces every once in a while. There's something so exciting about receiving a letter in your mailbox that's addressed just to you.

And of course, it absolutely blesses me when they send me letters in their sweet little-girl handwriting. I save every single one.

Kaye :) said...

Hi Anna,

Have a wonderful "wee break." See you when you get back. :)

Anna Naomi said...

I sent three more letters off this morning... I agree - it's such a fun and rewarding thing to write and receive real letters!

Kelli said...

I also love exchanging handwritten letters too. It's such fun to open the mailbox and see one waiting there! :0)
Have a wonderful time away!
Kelli

Coupon Addict said...

Just wanted to say Hey Anna! I am on a trip too...see my blog for more info on that. Have a safe and peacefull trip!

Emily said...

I love writing and receiving letters! It really is a lost beautiful pasttime. I hope you have a lovely break Anna, and we look forward to your return! Blessings to you :)

Anna S said...

Thank you for all your sweet notes! What a pleasure it was, to see all your kind comments waiting for me when I got back!

Daughter of the King said...

yes...yes..letter writing....love writing them and receiving ...sadly it is almost a lost art.
Deby