This week CNN online had a great article written by Rachel Rodriguez called “In e-mail age, still nothing like a handwritten letter.” There is such reminiscence when we hold and reread a letter we have received from someone who has been important in our lives. The familiarity of the handwriting and language, the message that was more easily expressed when the writer was distant, the feel of the paper with the evident age and wear from touching and reading, evoke the vivid memories of the writer and the meaning of the message.
The wonderful letters mentioned in the article made me nostalgic. Haven’t we all wished we had the letters we either wrote or received from family and friends no longer living but whose memories we cherish? I even wish I had the letters my husband and I wrote to each other when we were dating and were apart during summer vacation from college. It would be so much fun for us to sit and read what our goals and dreams were so long ago!
I just can’t imagine that the emails, evites or text messages will ever have the same emotional response someday as handwritten letters.
We had the wonderful opportunity to help one of our customers this week preserve in writing the message he spoke to his daughter at her graduation at her request. He found a charming box, used some lovely classic letter paper and tied a fabulous knot to secure his message for his daughter. It is truly something we know she will cherish forever.
What do you think? What was the last handwritten letter you sent?