Sharing Thoughts In a Letter
Writing a letter to a friend or family member can be very rewarding. They know you thought enough to take time out of your busy life just to let them know you care. Imagine living without computers or cell phones for a moment. Imagine being alone or isolated from the outside world. Many of our elderly live just like that. But for those that don't, they also like to hear from family and friends. They are happy to get that personal tribune written just to them from you. The longer the letter the better. Even short notes on a postcard are welcome. Most everyone will mail a Birthday card or Christmas greeting to their loved one. And they may even include a letter in that. But the rest of the year can be a lonely time for many people.
I try to write a letter every month or so to my aunts and uncles. I don't get to see them that often. When I do see them they tell me how much they enjoy the letters and cards I send. I often get letters from them also. I enjoy their letters very much. I try to reply promptly as I know they are waiting for my letter to arrive.
My grandchildren love getting letters, too. Sometimes I get letters from them. I can see how their writing skills get better as they get older. I try to hang on to those letters the grandkids write so I can show them when they're grown.
Nowadays they make greeting cards for holidays that use to be just another day. I try to use this kind of occasion as a reason for another handwritten letter. I try to put a lot of thought into each letter. I send cards and letters for Valentines Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthdays and Christmas as usual. But now they also have cards for other holidays like St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. In between these holidays just a handwritten letter by itself is a welcome greeting.
I wish I had written more letters in the past. I plan to write more of them now. I know it makes someone happy just to hear from me. And by writing my thoughts on paper it is so much easier to remember what I want to say to them unlike a phone conversation.
Who Wants To Hear From You?
I'm sure you have loved ones that are waiting to hear from you. You know the ones that aren't on your e-mail list or the ones you don't get to talk to much on the phone because it's hard for them to hear you.
Maybe someone who lives hundreds of miles away who you seldom see would love to receive your personal handwritten letter.
Changing the fast pace of the computer age to a slower one can be as simple as putting a pen in your hand and applying it to paper.
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