It saddens me to think that we are losing the art of writing letters. While email and phone calls are great, in my opinion they just don’t compete with the hand written word. Let me explain why I think this is so important.
My mother did not like to write, in fact she hated it. She was a reading teacher but writing something as simple as a “thank you” note brought sweat to her brow and fear to her heart. But when I went away to college in the pre-computer era, she was inspired to write letters. She wrote about little things. What they had for supper. What my brother was up to. What kind of crops my dad was growing. She thought those letters were insignificant. She was wrong. It’s been 18 years since she died and she’s still speaking to me through her letters. I keep them in a drawer and when I want to hear her voice all I have to do is get them out. There’s something about seeing her handwriting that makes me feel closer to her even now.
My mom was one of those moms who saved everything I ever wrote. Poems, cards, notes, etc. As a result I have reminders of my childhood that other folks my age don’t have.
In my opinion everyone should be a writer. Write thank you notes, sympathy cards, birthday letters, dream letters (I have a dream for you) and send them to a loved one. No matter how old are young we are we can all be writers. My children made me Mother’s Day cards I treasure more than any store bought card. Encourage your children to make cards for the elderly or sick. Have them write their grandparents letters. Teach them early about the importance of writing. You’ll be glad you did.