There's something about the handwritten letter that's irreplaceable...
When I was growing up, I used to get letters from my grandma every month. But, in this generation of email, cyber greeting cards, and text messages, the handwritten letter seems to have fallen by the wayside. It may seem old-fashioned, but letter writing is an art that shouldn't be forgotten.
Letters are a little gift. Nothing can replace the tactile nature of an old fashioned letter sent by post--the way it feels, looks, smells. Tearing open the envelope is like unwrapping a little present someone thought to send you. In my grandmother's day, you went to the mailbox anticipating what you might find--maybe a letter from your hubby away in another town working. When you opened the letter, it might smell like your honey's cologne or tobacco. Maybe he would have included a pressed stem of blue forget-me-nots that he said reminded him of you. You'd read and re-read the letter, sniff it, wipe your eyes, wish he was here, place the letter in with the others you kept tied with a ribbon, then sit down and pen him a response. I don't know about you, but it's just not like that with an email.
Do you have a treasured stack of letters you keep somewhere? I'd love to hear your story.
Joy--Fearless Farm Girl,
"Farm girl: it's a verb, because it's what you do."