I Wrote Today

The Right to Write

Writing a letter seems to be a act of the past.
Writing a letter seems to be a act of the past. | Source

I wrote a letter by hand today

And the pain I feel just won't go away


It was about a page, or maybe more

Looks like my handwriting walked straight out the door


The day of using paper and pen

Is something we see only now and then


It was something we used alot in the past

When our cursive speed seemed so fast

Quick and Easy Communication

The computer offers instant communication, whether you are chatting online or just sending a quick email. It has almost replaced the handwritten letter entirely.
The computer offers instant communication, whether you are chatting online or just sending a quick email. It has almost replaced the handwritten letter entirely. | Source

Letters from the past

Having penpals is a neat experience. With email - it seems it rarely exists anymore. After saving all the letters, it is fun to take a trip down memory lane.
Having penpals is a neat experience. With email - it seems it rarely exists anymore. After saving all the letters, it is fun to take a trip down memory lane. | Source


But the computer has replaced our handwriting today

It is something definately around to stay


An email is fast and a text message is oh so quick

This instant communication is making me sick


No longer do we ever get that letter in the mail

That traveled at a speed much slower than a snail


We no longer have penpals - friends we never really met

We only knew them through the mail we sent


Now a days the computer handles it all

And that is where handwriting started to fail


We can type at speeds faster than light

Our fingers dancing on the keyboard is certainly a sight


Yet when it comes to writing out letters by hand

Some people are more of a computer fan


They pop open the window and type some words fast

Pushing their handwriting much further in the past


Even handwritten grocery lists are hardly seen any more

A list from the computer is what is pulled out at the store


When we wish to send a letter in an old-fashioned type way

We use the computer and type it today


And even though now we send our letters with ease

Don't forget about your handwriting please

Dedication

I would like to take the opportunity to dedicate this piece of poetry to a real good friend of mine, RealHousewife. She is the inspiration behind this piece after she had sent me The Ugly Pink Package as a housewarming gift.

Her generosity was overwhelming and I decided to writer her out a Thank You card to show my appreciation. I also had all of my children write a letter to her as well (with the exception of the youngest who would probably only chew on the pencil!)

Upon writing her a letter, I realized how bad my handwriting has actually gotten because of all the time I spend on the computer. Not to mention, how bad my hand actually hurt. I don't write much of anything by hand anymore. However, I found it is an important thing to keep in practice of so when you need to actually write something, somebody else can actually read it. Not only was my hand hurting afterwards, but I felt good about sending a Thank You card the old-fashioned way.

Once again - this is just another way to tell RealHousewife Thank You for your generosity! So, if you get a chance, check out her stuff. Not only is she a great person, but she has written some absolutely fabulous stuff. (Just make sure to leave a comment here first!)

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TheManWithNoPants profile image

TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You-are-awesome. Nice poem, beautiful attitude towards a friend. That's just ONE of the things I like about you, but it's big.

BTW, if that's you're handwritting in the picture, it sucks. You're holding that pen like a Big Mac, and for you, e-mail is a good thing. JUST KIDDING! LOVE YA!!!

jim


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Oh, this is great! It is so true that our handwriting is so, so neglected and I'm glad you took the time to handcraft that handwritten note. There is still something charming about a note that the computer cannot convey.

It makes you wonder, though, if handwriting will be phased out in a couple of generations? Some schools don't even teach cursive writing anymore, which is so strange!


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Jeannies 5 years ago

And such a shame as there is nothing like receiving a hand written personal note from someone, especially appropriate for special or bereavement occasions. Email is a fantastic tool and great for communication but it falls down a little bit for the more personal contact. My granddaughter loves to get hand written letters and cards, there is a great joy to finding something personal in your mail box that is not a bill or marketing junk.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, my handwriting does suck... that was the point of this. I don't use handwriting as much anymore because of the computer. It actually pains me to read my own handwriting. By the way - I wrote the letter special for this hub. Can you read what it says... it is an inspirational message for a friend... lol

Ha ha - Thanks for stopping by and telling me how awesome this is. As always - I love the support I get from you! Have a great rest of the day my friend! :)

Oh yeah - and I know my hand looks awkward, but that is what happens when you take self potraits of your hand... it isn't as easy as it looks! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@prairieprincess - I really hope they don't completely phase out handwriting. It is such a beautiful art and tells so much about a person. I used to be big in handwriting analysis and unfortunately, you just don't get that from the typed word. Nothing is more special then recieving a handwriten note. It shows you care enough to take the time out to craft the message. It is almost like a handmade gift. It just means more.

Funny that you mentioned the cursive writing. When my kids first started going to school, they started not teaching cursive anymore. We moved and my daughter was behind because she didn't know cursive. Yet, she was expected to turn in all of her homework in cursive. She got a crash course in writing. After one really long week, she finally got it down. I wish all the schools would agree to keep teaching it. It would be a shame to lose such a beautiful part of our handwriting.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@jeannies - I couldn't agree with you more. When I was younger I had several pen pals. It was the highlight of my day when I would come home to a handwritten letter. I miss those days, especially since now a days all it seems to be is bills and junk mail. I wish they made it a school project to have the children write to pen pals. I think that would be so neat. But, they would probably say the cost of a stamp is too much on the budget.

There is nothing better than a handwritten note. I wish more people would remember it. :)


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I was just kidding silly. Your hand writting is ..... fine. (gulp) Also, photographing one's own hand IS tricky. I'm going to try it. I'll let you know how it goes.

jim


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Wow, your handwriting looks neat, barbergirl. But I have poor eyesight, so I'm not sure. LOL. Just kidding.:)

You're such a good friend, and for that, I'm voting this up!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, I knew I was forgetting something... I was going to add a whole lot of winking at you ;) in my comment above. Although my handwriting does suffer from toomuchtypingitis! It's a horrible disease that many suffer from. Add to taking pictures while writing and let's just say, it throws a lot of things off!

Let me know when you try your very own hand self potrait shot. I am curious how yours would turn out! ;) ;) ;) ;p


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@cheerfulnuts - Looks can be decieving. It took a lot of sticking out my tongue in concentration to get it to look that good. Normally it is slop all over the page. But, no need to put on any glasses or anything... I prefer to have you think I have neat handwriting! ;)

Thanks for the vote up and for stopping by!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You got it kiddo. I know how I'm going to do it too! We'll just call it my "hand job." Dang, that slipped out .. sorry. :-(

jim


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - omg! Thank you! Now my two 2 cents:)

I got the letter and it was so well written. Stop pretends people! Lol. And my whole family just loved the letters from the girls - they had drawlings and the words were spelled phonetically! I love that! They were illustrated! I wanted to put a copy on FB:-)

Now let me just repeat this so everyone can hear - you are an excellent hub writer - entertaining as all get out:) I followed along getting to know you - and there are days where you'll send me a little note or comment somewhere and I find my self falling to the floor laughing! How many times did YOU help me? Countless and all for nothing....I just borrowed a bunch of your time in my beginning here....I knew someday I would get to show you my gratitude.....then you moved so I took my chance! Lol

The whole point was so I could say how much you have meant to me.....and I am still - so grateful and so glad I found a great friend in you!! Thank YOU!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

lol... oh man it took me so long to get to the end of the comments I totally forgot what I was going to say! (I was distracted because Darrel was watching youtube videos at the exact same time!) lol. So very beautiful dedication RHW really does deserve it! Great hub :-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, you are just too funny! I am going to be laughing about that all day! But, now that you have the job - don't forget to do it. LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - The letters that the kids wrote were beyond adorable. Especially Bella's because she topped the whole letter with Love Bella... I think she is trying to tell everyone she is the bomb! LOL Then she looked at me and said, Mommy, I don't really know how to write a letter so I am just going to draw her a picture. If you look really close at Abby's picture, it is everything that you guys gave here - straight down to the lipstick candy. All of it sitting on a table.

I am glad that you guys absolutely loved the thank you letters. And I wasn't lying when I said it made my hand hurt - maybe that is why it took so long to send out. That and a lack of stamps. But that book of stamps I was looking for... I found them yesterday! LOL Well, I guess that means I have extra now.

As always - you were a joy to help. You created some ingenius topics... booty pop... (ha ha - told you everything can be related to that somehow) that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise! You helped me just as much as I helped you. And you know were to find me if you ever need help! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - tell Darrel to turn of the Youtube! LOL Speaking of which - when is he going to make another video. I fear he is slacking!! :)


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

lol... He actually made one this last weekend, but he hasn't had time to upload it yet. Probably will happen this weekend. It is an interesting one!! I think you will greatly enjoy it :-) And you know Darrel, He is always on youtube! lol.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Yes yes yes... Well, when he uploads it make sure he shares it on Facebook so I get a chance to see it. I will be busy all weekend, but I am more likely to catch it if it goes on Facebook. Can't wait to hear what it is about!


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

I tried to write a poem by hand tonight and had to take it slow so I could read it. I used to handwrite multipage letters in my younger pre-computer days and had lots of pen pals. What you wrote certainly applies to me.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Hello, BBG, there as time when handwriting class was taught in public schools, printing first, and then cursive. My handwriting was always atrocious as I barely got a passing grade. I am grateful for the computer as people no longer had to decipher my scribbling. But, strangely enough I had met many people whose handwriting was so fine they could almost write an entire sentence in the space covered by a quarter-dollar.

I got pretty interested in handwriting analysis as a result, thanks for stimulating the memories of a time in my life. Cred2


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@WannaB Writer - I am so glad that I am not the only one who feels this way. I loved having penpals when I was younger. I am trying to get my daughter to do the same but she just doesn't seem interested. But, there is nothing like the handwritten work of art.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cred2 - My handwriting, oddly, changes with my mood. I should pay more attention to that. It took a lot of concentration to write the letter i have pictured above. I wrote it just for the purpose of this piece. But, it is amazing how different writing things by hand really is for everybody. I have to admit, I do love the computer because I can type much faster than I can write. Not to mention, I was never good at deciphering others handwriting so this saves me the trouble. :)

Glad you enjoyed this and I was able to take you down memory lane.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

It is so true that our handwriting has taken a back seat for many, in this age of technology. Handwriting a note or a greeting, like anything "handmade", I think, has more meaning. Nice hub. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@A.CreativeThinker - Couldn't have said it better myself. Doing something with the handwritten word definately conveys a whole lot more meaning then something typed up. Thanks for stopping by! :)


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

barbergirl...

Well...I'm not typing this at the speed of light...otherwise it would like this...djeo oejkwh wowu oeo...glurb.

That said...typing slowly...you are awesome and I must say I am glad I happened upon you here in Hubsville.

My sisters had to endure Catholic School Nun penmanship issues...I was Chicago Public School trained...a much less exacting group of folks then the nuns...

They have a bill going through here in Nevada whereby they are going to stop all writing/penmanship curriculum in those grades that teach it.

Your poem is public policy in Nevada. OK...I'm off to Reals house...do you know if they sport Mountain Dew?

Maybe not, huh? (steals one of barbergirl's just in case...actually...steals a case of Mountain Dew...just in case...

Thomas


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epigramman 5 years ago

..my oh my how the times have changed my beautiful and talented friend with the lovely smile - although I still start everything with pen and paper (old habits are hard to break and this is how I grew up - I am 53 now) and then I post my work to the Hub through my laptop keyboard - I still like the feeling of pushing pen on paper though - it feels organic and more creative for some reason - thank you for this wonderful and evocative piece of writing - I will post this classic hub by you to my Facebook page with a direct link back here just to let everyone know that I am glad YOU DID WRITE TODAY!!!!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a nice dedication to a found friend.

I remember when I was in Kindergarten and loved to practice writing. I would come home from school, get out one of those Golden Books and copy the writing in it. Crazy eh!

Really liked the poem!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - It is just a shame that handwriting has really taken a backseat to the computer. Don't get me wrong - my laptop is truly my best friend. And I love typing. I am good at typing. Much better than my handwriting, that I know have to concentrate on to make ledgible. I really hope there isn't a nationwide movement to take handwriting out of schools. It would be a shame. Can you imagine - in the future they will be looking at handwriting like they are looking at Egyptian hyroglyphics!

BTW - Thanks for grabbing the last of my soda! But it is good for me that way... I really should drink more water! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@epi - It is a grand feeling to go back to the good old ways. Funny, the only way I can write poetry is by actually using the good old pen and paper. I can write stories and what not through typing but when it comes to poetry, only a pen can do it right.

Thanks for sharing this with all your facebook friends. I appreciate the support! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - I don't remember when I become obsessed with writing. But I do know I have had a journal for as long as I can remember. I like the written word and I like the feeling of pen on paper. It just feels right. I wish more people felt that way. :)

Glad you enjoyed this! There is nothing like a handwritten note to really make someone else feel special! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I loved this BBG. Awesome and oh so true. The other day I had to use a stamp and I was thinking that I never use a stamp anymore. Thank goodness they came up with the "forever stamps." They kind of sit in my wallet for years at a time. I don't even know what one costs today. Enjoyed this and the comments too!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - I had to actually go out and buy stamps just to send the letter out... and then ironically I found my stamps afterwards. Let me tell you, for a packet of stamps you are looking at $10. But thankfully, they aren't used too much anymore so they do last awhile!

Glad you enjoyed this. I truly do think it is time people got back to the good old fashioned letter writing. There is too many instances of chain mail and forwards - even emails today are no longer personal!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Stamp? What is stamp? Letter? What is letter? Oh yeah, "I know .. "I shouldn't have, but I letter anyway."

I just got a second notice on this hub just now, so being a pal, I read it again, and made a second comment. HP is going through the change of Internet or something.

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim it actually has nothing to do with HP going through a change, I shared it again with my followers. Occasionally I will go through and do some tweeks to my stuff... or if I am feeling sentimental or it comes across my radar I will try to share it again. It brings it back to people's attention if it has fallen to the wayside... yes... sneaky like that! LOL - but it is a good change up from all the P90X hubs sneaking in.

But thanks for being a friend and stopping by to comment again. I appreciate it. Beware - I might share more of my older stuff as I update the summaries and put them into groups. What a pain in the butt but it gets me sharing my stuff again! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh Stacy! This hub of yours reminded me of the cursive handwriting classes that I was taught waaaaaay back in elementary school by Catholic nuns. And yes, pen pals were encouraged back then also. What fun to receive personal letters in the mail. Now I mostly type them because my handwriting has gotten so bad. One hint...take calligraphy lessons! It forces you to slow down and think of each letter that is written on a page. I once wrote an entire letter in calligraphy just for practice purposes.

I have a friend in Germany who does not have a computer by choice. I still get hand written letters from her and a few thank you notes from other people. That is pretty much it for receiving letters in the mail now-a-days except for bills and junk mail.

I treasure some of the letters I have kept...even some handed down through the years. Have even written some hubs about them. A couple of them were kept in old cigar boxes and dated back to 1920 and 1921. They were from an old war buddy of my grandfathers from WW1. Interesting stuff!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - I personally think there is nothing better than a handwritten letter. It just means more that someone would sit down and take the time to do it. I will admit though, my hand writing has suffered since I mostly type these days. As for calligraphy, I would love to learn and have often thought about taking it up. But then I realize how many hats I try to wear and realize it is another thing I will try to squeeze in! :)

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