“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” Phyllis Theroux
We fell in love before going to different countries on two-year job assignments. Letter writing was a must since there were no emails or cell phones. We still have those letters in a box. They’re personal and passionate– a permanent love story.
I guess I could do the same with emails, but I rarely go back and reread them. A letter, however, will stay in a drawer or a book where I might pull it out and savor the words many years after they were written.
Why should we handwrite a letter today? Here are a few good reasons:
1. Taking the time to choose a card and to write from the heart shows we care. While in Malaysia, I was able to spend an hour in an English stationery shop. Moved to tears by some of the wonderfully written cards, I enjoyed searching for the perfect card and then adding my personal love letter.
2. We’re more connected to letters we write by hand. Of course we use our brains to type. Yet, there’s a greater connections between the brain and the hand when we form letters in handwriting. Essentially, we connect better with the words we write.
3. We’ll be able to use our handwriting artistically. Except for grocery lists, we rarely take time to write things down. Here’s a chance to show off the beautiful penmanship we developed in grammar school. Some are gifted at using their own style to encourage others with generous words and handmade cards.
Today is the day to blast back to the past. Let’s open a drawer, find that favorite fountain pen, and write a letter with all of the mush and gush we possibly can! We’ll pour it all out there, cry for a minute, and seal it with a kiss. I bet we’ll feel more romantic for having written it!
What is the most romantic letter you’ve ever received?