I was sorting through old letters the other day when it occurred to me: I don't receive or send real letters any more! Mass mailings like Christmas letters are not what I'm referring to. I mean a newsy little sheet sent to friends and family far away, maybe with big news or maybe with daily vignettes. I don't even exchange emails like that anymore! People tweet, text, blog, and email, but not with the composition of a letter.
What happened? (Are you sending and receiving real letters?)
In case the pleasure of a letter is not enough, the act of starting a letter, getting into the news, switching topics, and drawing it all to a close are skills that frequent letter-writers are working at subconsciously. Writing skills are thinking skills, training our brains in a way that talking and texting cannot.
Ok, it's July, and I'm making a resolution: I'm going to write one real letter a month until Christmas (I had a hard time deciding what is realistic - first it was four, then two, then one - sighhhhh). After Christmas, I might try to enlarge the habit.
Of course, you could rightly point out that stamps are getting expensive - email can be free - so thrifty!
Well, yes, but money is the wrong bottom line for some things.
There are other factors to consider in this case: community, my brain, my pleasure in the paper and stamps, choosing to invest in a tradition I want to see endure. . . and I got my new Philatelic the other day, and promptly went online to buy all the cool new stamps: Mark Twain! modern industrial design! groovy Love! Gregory Peck! a cool car for the Indy 500!
Just think of the fun I will have, sitting down to a little cherry writing desk in my peignor with a cup of tea, dealing with the morning's correspondence and then ringing for Jasper to take the letters to the post. . .
(linking up with Leila's pretty happy funny real collection today)