The Fine Old Art of Letter Writing

August 23, 2009

Dear Reader,

One of the ways I hope you will practice writing as a sacred art is the fine old art of letter writing. Recently, I wrote a letter to my teenage nephews and they called me surprised thanking me for taking the time to write them. It seems they had never received a letter before. I find that whenever I write someone they are pleasantly surprised.

The kindest and most old-fashioned way to say I love you is with a letter. Sometimes people remember spoken, words but letters are a keepsake. When I’m writing a letter it feels as if time has slowed, and I get this dreamy feeling as I ponder what I want to say to the recipient. I typically want to touch their harts but also want to make them laugh. 

A good personal letter should draw the recipient in and make them feel as if you just gave them a big hug. They should feel excited and special because someone thought of them. You can tell someone “I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately”, but if they receive finely worded correspondence they have tangible proof.

Even though letter writing is out of favor, it still has its many uses. So many companies still use letter as a way to ensure we fill our home with junk mail. I had to laugh when GEICO sent me a letter with “baby come back” in red ink on the envelop; yes, I went back. I’m not saying I would not have gone back to GEICO otherwise, but this did get my attention. If they had sent me an email I would never have opened it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love email, IM, texting, and tweeting as much as everyone else,  but in the fall and winter, when the barometer dips to 60 degrees (you have to love Florida)and I’m sitting on my patio having a cup of tea I yearn for a long, sweet letter from someone dear to my heart. I know GEICO loves me they call me “baby” but I would still rather it be from an actual person.

Think of someone you know or someone you have not seen in a long time and write them a big, sloppy, heartfelt letter. Take the time to let someone know you were thinking of them.

(c) 2009 by C. J. Stegall-Evans

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