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13 July 2009

The Written Word




Modern Flower from Daily Sip

I told you all in the last post that I have a wonderful sister and that she is. One thing she always does is write little notes tucked in books she lends me, dropped in the basket of veggies she leaves on the front porch or just any time she feels like you might need a pick-me-up. Yes, she's that kind of caring person. I carry a crumpled up note with me that she wrote and whenever I'm a bit down, I pull it out and relish every word.

I remember writing and receiving letters growing up. I would go to the post office and twirl the little locks that would open the box...all jittery wondering if there might be a letter for me inside. Of course, at my young age, there weren't that many but I can tell you the ones that I did get were carefully opened and poured over again and again. The box wasn't full of bills or advertisement either. Letters from relatives, postcards from friends and other notes to read.

So in today's fast pace time with everything being done on the computer from email to twitter your 140 characters as well as taking pictures that are stored on discs, what happened to the written word? Back in the day, we used to wrap our letters up in ribbons and savored opening them to read over and over. Now..there's a delete button only to never read again.

When was the last time you sent a personal letter? I think I'll take some sage wisdom from my sister and make someone's day by writing a letter.

Have a fabulous Monday!!
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21 comments:

I'm Julia said...

What a sweet sister :-) One of mine is always sending me little cards "just because"... another write very special, personal notes with her gifts... the best gift of all, if you ask me.

I do miss written correspondence. The anticipation of opening the envelope that holds something other than a bill or a sales pitch is such a pleasure.

I think I'll physically write something to someone today too. My handwriting's definitely deteriorated... infrequent use. I've really become scribbler.

~Pleasant day!

Snap said...

Oh, yes! I do love Mail Call! Send me your address and I'll send you a surprise! :D :D

The Cottage Cheese said...

Aw, your sister sounds like such a sweetheart! I miss letters. They are really so special and thoughtful now, in this day of everything electronic. I'm really excited to send out wedding thank-you's and have the opportunity to to write some letters! Have a great week Alicia!

Sarah said...

Oh I do love getting and sending letters snail mail!! So wonderful to get a hand written letter!! I used to send tons and often..I guess I kind just quit doing it.. I would get a quick email back - or worse at Christmas a family newletter from a non family member with no note..hate that. Especially if I do not know Aunt Betty.
You have given me pause...maybe I need to send them out just becuse I enjoy sending them!! Hmmmmmm....Hugs, Sarah

High Desert Diva said...

There's very few things I like better than receiving a note in the mail. Truly a lost art.....

SoDear2MyHeart said...

Your sister is truly a cherished gem from a rapidly disappearing era... Note and letter writing is a gift and talent that most don't work to develop any longer...I am ashamed to admit that I am horrible at it...

This summer, my young daughter and her best friend have decided to stay in touch via USPS mail over the course of the summer. Irregardless that they see each other at church each week and both have email accounts, they simply trade photos, clippings, jokes, random thoughts...sort of a daily/weekly diary of what's going on in their lives... It's been a fun "experiment" which they've enjoyed tremendously. She now anxiously awaits the trip to the mailbox each day. I'm hoping she'll be a much better correspondent than her mom...

Lovely post...

Purple Daisy Jewelry said...

You are so lucky to have a sister like that. I missed out on a having a sister at all. Written notes are so much more special. Thanks for reminding us and even inspiring us all to just be more thoughtful like your sister. What a treasure.

Elizabeth said...

You are right.
Nowadays it is quite a rare thrill to get
something REAL and PERSONAL
in the mail.
There is such pretty stationery available too.
But how much easier to
sit at the computer.

Bee Designs said...

Hi Alicia,
Thank you so much for featuring my sand and lilac flower card on your fantastic blog. Considering I make cards I send very few, just the usual birthdays and other special occassions. I guess i should send the odd pick-me-up, they're always the best to receive aren't they as they're not usually expected.
I'm off now to have a proper look at your blog and etsy shop.
Thanks again,
Sue

Hello Lindello said...

I jump for joy eveytime I get a letter or package in the mail.

I try to write my grandparents once a month, but need to start writing more to others dear to me.

email and texting just dont cut it!

Pacokeco said...

What a great blog! Thanks for my featuring my notecard on this very relevant post.
I have a good friend in Calgary. Despite emailing and facebooking on a regular basis, we also exchange good ol' fashion letters. I love to include a little treat in her letters, like an iron on patch, a sheet of stickers, a pattern or recipe... something about a bulky letter gets my heart racing.

drollgirl said...

your sister is so sweet and thoughtful!

i am giddy for cards, and i keep a zillion on hand for personalized thank you notes. they are the best. or at least i like them, so i give them out as often as i can. :)

p.s. sorry for getting the mamas and papas song stuck in your head. it was probably gone before you read this, so maybe now it is back again? hahahah. hopefully not! ;)

Liss said...

This reminds me I have to get my snail mail package to you.

Letters are special because you know someone has taken the time to write.

Missy said...

You have a great sister! Love the modern flowers! I miss getting letters! I remember when a boyfriend was in the air force and he sent letters everyday! It was great!

Judy said...

Sisters are wonderful...sometimes only they know what to do for you.

I love paper goods, especially note cards, etc...I buy them and seldom use them, I think email has taken away my written word. I will vow to do better and send some of my beautiful cards out more often.

briannelee said...

I love getting letters! I should start sending some out again too...

Nancy said...

It's been ages since I wrote a personal letter. I agree it was so exciting to get letters and postcards. Maybe it's time to send one. I think I'll start with my MIL, who at age 96 will really appreciate one, I think. Thanks for the inspiration.

Chrisy said...

Yes...so lovely to receive mail but I'm also guilty of not making the effort often enough....ta for the reminder...

JAN'S PLACE said...

My daughter's sends thank you cards, written from the heart.. it amazes me how thoughtful they are..you are right.. the written word is becoming a lost art!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Lovely...we are both so blessed to have great sisters! I still send postcards when I travel...I need to get your address one day! XO*

Delena said...

There is just something special about getting a letter or a package in the mail. I write my grandchildren letters when we are in Yuma and usually enclose an american dollar bill which they love to collect as they usually go to Idaho in the summer and this gives them extra money for the dollar stores. I cherish each letter they send me in Yuma because I miss them so much I actually ache near the end of our time there. It is always so good to
know "there is no place like home" Sorry for babbling and getting a little off subject. I tend to do that!