“i love handwritten letters. the way the words get jumbled up when the writer’s excited.

the way the words get neat when the writer is trying not to make a mistake.

the way the words get pretty because the writer’s in love.

i love handwritten letters.”

-word porn


January 17th is National Send a Handwritten Letter Day.

The idea is to save the dying art of letter writing and help the ailing Post Office

by sending a letter(s) to someone you care about.

Who will you surprise with a letter? Saving the world one letter at a time.

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  1. I was a regular letter writer for all of my adult life. Then I hurt my wrist back in 2018 and could no longer hold a fountain pen (or ballpoint) properly. I even find it difficult to sign a cheque now. So I had to stop sending them. Sadly, once that happened the friends I used to write to stopped sending me letters, and now it is always emails.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I decided in Covid days to write more, mainly because I had relatives I couldn’t visit who weren’t online and I wanted to make sure they knew they were in my thoughts. It’s a habit that stuck and now I love buying nice cards and paper. I also love old post boxes and want to see them used lest they are deemed relics and removed!

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  3. I compromise on this idea. I still like the idea of sending and receiving letters via the USPS, but because my mind travels faster than my handwriting, my handwriting soon turns to sloppy and messy in trying to keep up. So, I do type my letters on the computer and then mail them out. A letter received in the mail is so much more personal and heartfelt, indicating that the writer wants to dedicate some one-on-one time with you. I try to send at least 6 a year; I get phone messages suggesting we talk by phone or promises of sending a letter back that never occur. But knowing I touched someone deeply enough to at least make a suggestion or promise is good enough for me.

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  4. I actually took a workshop on the art of the letter. Loved it. I used to write letters all the time. It’s a wonderful form of expression. Heck, I’d send you a letter if I knew where to send it. For most of humanity, it’s a dying art, which I find very sad.

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  5. I love that too. When I was a teenager I had several penpals. My best friend and I exchanged letters although we met at school every day. Also, my grandparents and I wrote letters to each other. I still have tones of them.

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  6. Oh, how I love handwritten letters. I still have those my husband sent before we were married, some written by my paternal grandmother, some from my mom… I treasure them. My friend Kathleen writes pages when she sends a letter. I love how I can pick up her letter and read and reread it. Such a gift to me.

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  7. We love receiving updated letters from my girls’ former piano teacher who now lives in the U.K. (where she’s originally from). It’s usually typed as is mine but there’s nothing like going to the mailbox or postbox in December to see what all has happened in each of our family’s lives the past year. It was even better to have this type of mail during the pandemic.

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  8. The old man who befriended me some time ago writes notes to people, including me. I love it. I love answering them in the same medium. It’s challenging for me if I feel I can’t write in cursive to the person because THEN the dyslexia emerges. BUT I noticed in my recent post about my Aunt Jo’s note to me on the envelope my grandma wrote there are exactly the same mistakes I make routinely when writing by hand. Some of that stuff shows up when I type and I usually revise a blog post all day. “Friend” for “fried” today among others. Spell check doesn’t really help because it assumes too much.

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      • I think ancestry is a lot more interesting than Ancestry. I have my grandmother’s hair, her stature, and her build. I have the same metabolic problems she had. People come to me with their problems just like they came to my grandmother. I love little kids just like she did. I laugh easily. I’m OK being alone for long stretches of time. Strange psychic events (which she was and I didn’t believe in but now do) led me to find her family in Switzerland as if I had memories of them. She died when I was 10, but I’m not sure she’s dead at all. Seeing that in her handwriting seemed all of a piece.

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  9. My student (from Japan) asked where she could get some airmail envelopes as the stickers were not good enough. Luckily I happened to have a bunch sitting around. Now she is looking for some beautiful, and Canadian themed stationery for these envelopes. She is having a harder time that I expected. Good to know letter writing is not dead.

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  10. One of my regular assignments for my class was to write a letter to a person of their choice. Even in 5th and 6th grade, many had never done that or knew how to address an envelope.

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    • I absolutely love that and surprising isn’t it about the envelopes. during covid school at home we wrote a letter to each of them and had them write (dictate or draw) a letter and go through the mailing process to send it to one of us. the parents said they loved it!

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  11. i often think that i’m the only person to still write frequently handwritten cards and notes. often, my notes become letters and i must add pages and pages. which, in turn, makes for terrific (terrifying?) puzzle-like reading.
    for my mum i had to do letters on the computer in extra large fonts. but i always added a self-made photo-card, or a drawing, or a jokey way of sending her flowers and sketches on the addressed envelope. one person at the senior residents’ home asked me after my mum’s death, if it was me who decorated the envelopes in such a fashion and told me that everybody loved to look at them.
    as you know i’m a dedicated and ardent writer and before christmas i gifted myself a large pallette of differently coloured markers with a wide tip which makes it easier for me to write fluently. my treat is then to receive many cards ‘back’ and closest friends even get a ’round robin’ letter for the end of the year.
    nothing gives me more joy than to open my letter box and finding a few words from a friend, be it the same village or a continent away.

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