L is for Letters Lost

With the advancement of technology over the past 30 years, communication has certainly changed. I remember the days when we used to write letters in order to catch up with a friend or a relative and share our news. Mention letter writing to the young generation of today and they smile, waving their slim-line mobile phone in front of your face.

As a schoolchild, letter writing was revered. It was something that was carefully crafted. Our class even had pen pals with a school in Canada. The thrill of receiving a hand written letter was next to none and always put a smile on my face. I also enjoyed writing them, using my best cursive handwriting with my ink pen.

Today, the majority of letters I receive through the post are from official bodies. You know the type? They growl at you when you open them.

Do you still hand-write letters? Do you remember the thrill of opening and reading a hand written letter that arrived in the post?

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  1. I still send pstcards sometimes, but that's the closest I come to letter writing.

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  2. Way back before mobile phones were super duper, I moved to a village in africa, and letters from home were inhaled on arrival! I love letter writing and receiving letters but I don't have an y penpals anymore - everyone facebooks it! But if you want a penpal! lol

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    1. Must have been great to get mail! Thanks so much for popping over to comment.

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  3. What memories pen pals bring back! I think it's a shame letter writing is a lost art. It's too bad technology has taken over!

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    1. I often wonder what would happen if the world suddenly had a technology breakdown. Frightening thought.

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  4. I LOVE writing hand written cards! It is one of my favorite activities to help get rid of stress. I don't do the best job at getting them in the mail. I also love receiving notes/letters. I wish we could bring this form of communication back! I really do think it connected us all in a very real and authentic way! Thanks for the post, and for stopping by my blog!

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    1. I did smile reading this. The bit about not doing the best job at getting your letters in the mail - my brother often says, "I've written you a card, Sis... it's still here waiting for me to post." :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. What makes me happy is that my nieces and nephews always write little notes when they thank me for gifts. I love them and keep them. And I encourage those young writers to keep sending those notes. There's some very special about the way a person's handwriting conveys a message--so much more personal than the typed word.

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    1. I agree. I keep all the lovely notes my daughter writes me. I also leave little notes around the house for my hubby when I'm visiting family back in the UK and he has to work. I've noticed that he keeps them in a box with my name on. Sweet!

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  6. I mourn the death of letter writing. :-( I have many volumes of the letters of Mark Twain, Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Thurber, Chandler and others -- they are like autobiographies without the sugar-coating. :-)

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    1. Wow, that is some collection, Roland. It must be great to sit and have a read.

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  7. I actually do write hand letter still, but I think I'm odd int hat department. Sometimes it's just therapeutic to communicate with someone that way:)

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    1. It is therapeutic, isn't it? I feel great when I pop a hand written letter in the post.

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  8. I do still write handwritten letters and cards!

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    1. That's great. I have two to write tomorrow after I've bought new ink - purple of course, to match my writing paper :)

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  9. I still hand write thank you cards.

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  10. I used to write so many letters as a kid. I write birthday notes and thankyou notes these days.

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    1. My mom taught me the importance of thank you cards and it has always stayed with me. Thank you for popping by.

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  11. I still write letters, but most times it's been created on my computer and printed. It seems faster. I had a pen pal in France once when we tried that in high school French. I used to write to my Mom when she was alive and I still have some of her letters. I also kept all the notes hubs used to write to me when he worked shift work and I didn't get to see him much. (he always drew a little cartoon). Good choice for L!

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    1. Great to hear of all the letter writing going on!

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  12. I LOVE hand-written letters.
    Yes, I remember the thrill of opening and reading a hand written letter that arrived in the post...there's no feeling like it.
    As a teen, I had numerous pen-pals from all over the world. Sadly, I've lost contact with them...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. There's nothing like that thrill of tearing open the envelope and then carefully unfolding the letter. Nice to know you appreciate it as much as I do, Michelle. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I prefer communicating by email. It's faster, easier, and has a wider reach. And they feel just as special to me.

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    1. Email has its uses, I do admit and it is much quicker. But sometimes 'easier' doesn't always have that something... extra special, does it? Thank you for popping by. Lovely to 'see' you.

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  14. The art of handwriting is fading fast. I still share letters, cards, and notes with family and found a new pen pal in Australia that loves the handwritten word too, but we also use email. I love cursive and am thinking of opening a school just to teach it. LOL Do you think I'll get any students?

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    1. :) I think that's a great idea. Not sure how many applicants you would have though :)

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  15. Yes, i send letters once in a while, it's fun to imagine someone getting mail that isn't a bill or junk.

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    1. It's great when a real letter arrives. Kinda dulls the pain of those stinkin bills :)

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  16. When they were talking about stopping mail delivery a few years ago, The Daily Show went around and asked people if they'd mind. Most said no. They said it's all junk anyway. I still need package delivery--I do a TON of online buying.

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    1. It is a shame people think that way. I'd love to write them all a letter so they know the feeling of real mail :)

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  17. I no longer write letters. I'm an email person. I used to love writing and receiving letters, though.

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  18. I used to correspond with my grandmother. She always typed her letters, though. (On a typewriter, before computers. Does that count?)

    Liz A. from
    Laws of Gravity

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    1. They were from your grandmother. Everything goes for grandmothers :)

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  19. Oh, I love letters, and yes, still write them. Some people in our family still believe in the handwritten note! I remember those pen pal days - in fact, Sun magazine had a page full of people looking for them. So exciting! :)

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    1. So pleased to hear so many people still do write letters. More 'heart' goes into it as each word is written. Thank you for visiting.

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  20. Hello Nicola. I still send thank you notes and occasional thinking of you notes. But I don't buy stationery as often as I used to.

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    1. I buy stationary when my daughter visits. She is stationary Queen and much prefers stationary shopping to clothes shopping :) It is a lot more expensive now though.

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  21. first the wait and then thrill of receiving the letter, the new gen can't even imagine what they have missed.

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  22. I love hand written letters, and beautiful greeting cards.d yes I remember my younger days; wherein I used to wait for the letters from my friend and keep the cards carefully in a file out of it. I used to open and read whenever I feel like, . today I miss all these things , every thing is now on line...

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