My insomnia kicked in again the other night and so I found myself rummaging through the boxes stored inside my closet. I happen to find some handwritten letters and cards sent by my friends and cousins back then. I read through each one of them again and I felt tears running down my cheeks. And it hits me. It’s all in there. The memories and emotional weight that modern ways of sending mails could never replace. There is something about feeling the paper and placing the words in a handwriting all your own that makes a note or letter special.
It takes more effort to send, so it means more to the one who receives it. The sender has touched it with her own hands and the writing is original and unique, not Times New Roman or Comic Sans. The pleasure and joy handwritten note cards bring far outweigh what I would have experienced when reading an email. Don’t get me wrong though. Emails are good especially when it needs immediate response. But the lasting joy of handwritten notes and letters hold and preserve memories.
In the age of e-mails and text messages, sending letters and cards seem old-fashioned and outdated. And yet we can probably all agree that there’s something special about either writing or receiving a hand-written note. Technology has definitely taken the excitement of both writing letter to send them, and also receiving them. Writing out a letter makes it feel a lot more authentic and original, and just a little but special, unlike tedious emails and texts seen on a screen. Letters, you can pick up, read, put them away and then in two year’s time stumble upon them, read them and feel special again.
I think in some ways our soul is visible in our writing. A little bit of who we are spills onto the page when we write. It’s memorable. It’s important. It’s something that we may want to try more often because it may help bring us just a little closer to one another. There’s something magical about keeping and finding old love letters and reading them again during quiet, reflective moments.
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