I’m not sure if anyone in the current generation has done this or not, but does anyone remember the lost art of letter writing?
That’s the time you set aside to writing down your thoughts and stories on paper, and then once done, you put them in an envelope and then put a stamp on it. Finally, you take it down to the US Post Office or convenient mailbox and drop it in to be mailed out. Your friend then gets it in a few days to a week, at which time, they open it and experience all of the goodies inside.
Yeah…..E-mail and social networking kind of made the practice obsolete by any current standards. I mean, after all, why wait for something to come in the mail when you can just tap it out on a keyboard and press send? Why? Well, perhaps there is something in a written letter that expresses more than just text in a standard font. Sometimes people express their feelings in HOW they write what they are saying, such as making letters larger, scarier, smaller – any number of ways. I remember when I used to actually doodle in my letters – put little drawings down the sides or sometimes even in the middle, and do what I can in order to make them even longer and/or more interesting.
After a time, I started putting more random stuff into my letters – placemats, fliers, catalogs – anything that I found interesting that people might enjoy. I even put music tapes/CD’s and photos into bigger envelopes and then ship those off. It made waiting for the mail a real treat – something to look forward to.
I guess it’s something that seems to have gone by the wayside – brushed under the carpet as it were. I wonder if people even send birthday and Christmas cards in the mail anymore, or if they just push “send” on some random piece of clip art which you can paste a text blurb into. Wow……….just seems to have lost all feeling.
I guess people would just rather have everything faster………..but what have we lost in the process?