There's a certain romanticism to letter writing. It's never quite lost it's appeal but there is no denying it as a dying art, bordering extinction. There's something about taking the time to write something permanent, pen to paper that can simply be erased. It's solid and real in a world through of whirling data. Handwriting doesn't take the same prominent role in the early school curriculum that typing does, and while we truly believe in always moving forward and embracing new technologies, there is something about the effort of a letter that makes the whole thing worth while.
There's few things more delightful than getting mail that isn't a bill or a newsletter, or a flyer. It takes longer than an email but it's more personal and human and far better to nurse these relationships than being solely dependant on facebook and skype. It's a way to reach out to those you care about and share part of yourself. It could be a stupid joke that reminded you of that person, a love letter for a beau, concern, condolence, celebration or a simple thank you for a kindness.
Let's face it, a beautifully handwritten letter says far more than any emojii possibly could capture. It's not just about beautiful language, it's the taking the time and making something more human and open that's generally wonderful.
So write more letters. Don't let the art die out.
"A good handwritten letter is a creative act, and not just because it is a visual and tactile pleasure. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability, because handwriting opens a window on the soul in a way that cyber communication can never do. You savor their arrival and later take care to place them in a box for safe keeping." - Catherine Field in NYTimes