Listening to: Ed Sheeran's Kiss Me (makes me want to cry)
Reading: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (awesome book)
Watching: trying not to watch anything!
I received a letter today. Huh? Not surprising, I guess you're thinking, people get letters everyday. But this wasn't a bill or a flyer, it was a proper old-fashioned hand-written letter with my name and address scrawled on the envelope in pen. The last time I received one of these was in 2009-(yeah, sounds like I'm a wee bit OCD, but I try to keep all my letters from friends and family in a memory box).
I can't remember the last time I did this. Sure, I email people all the time, I have lovely chats on twitter and Facebook and I jot a few lines in xmas cards, but I don't even know if my hand muscles can remember how to write for three pages!
Similarly, I was shocked the other day when I was helping my son write a letter of enquiry for a weekend job. He didn't even know how to formulate a letter- seems he's never been shown at school, and we have tended to encourage a quick email of thanks to relatives for gifts- the theory being it's more immediate and therefore more showing of gratitude. But I'm starting to think differently. Receiving that letter made me go to my box of letters from friends, sadly not replenished for 4 years- and read a few. And you know, the sentiment written in letters is more direct and deeper than that of an email. It's certainly more personal- somehow I can't imagine printing off an email to keep. I wonder whether it's the physical connection- my mother wrote that with her own hand and then sent it to me- a connection that is lost somehow by technology? I don't know. I guess we're all busy with our lives that taking time out to craft a meaningful letter just gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Here's Andrew Lam's take on it.
But the feeling I got when I opened that letter made me think I might try to spend a little more time writing less emotionless emails and more emotional letters - or cards. (I may just start with filling up a card and see how I go!)
What about you? Do you still write letters?