Skip (drifterskip) wrote,

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Writer's Block: Letters from Home

Do you still write letters to friends or family? (Actual written letters, not emails.) Does a handwritten letter mean more to you when you receive one, or do you find yourself wishing they'd typed it out so it was more legible?

I still write letters. I mail cards. Birthday cards, thank you cards, Christmas cards. I especially like postcards. When friends and/or family go on vacation, I look forward to hearing about their trip. The few occasions I travel, I often send postcards to loved ones. If I had New Jersey postcards, I'd send them just because, to send surprise messages.

Postal mail -- sending and receiving -- means a lot to me. I can't always send handwritten items, though I often try to send my small all-caps printing when I can. But I do believe having something tangible is an exceptional experience. Not to knock e-mail or text messages: having that immediacy in communication has its place. But (ideally) thought goes into sending postal mail. Thought and effort. I'm actively thrilled when I get something in the mail that isn't junk (Hell, sometimes I feel happy about the junk). Sometimes, yes, it would be more beneficial if people typed out their messages because it'd be easier on my eyes and I really appreciate when folks date their correspondence. Easier doesn't always mean better, though, and it's a toss up for how I feel about typed versus written postal mail. Don't really feel like debating it. Let us just say that I'm grateful to receive both and that I will send both.
Tags: family: general, friends: general, postal mail, public, writer's block, writing
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