Love Letters on Scented Stationery: Where have they gone?
If you belong to Generation X , scented stationeries still sound familiar. Surely, you must have seen your moms’ and aunts’ love letters on stationeries for often these letters are kept like sacred relics on finely crafted wooden boxes. Perhaps, you even wrote your letters on those perfumed linen paper and sent them as special registered mail (read: snail mail).
Fast forward to Generation Y. Ask them about scented stationeries sold at bookstores and they look at you like you’re an alien from Pluto. A fifty-year distance is distant to teenagers of today. Love whispers are sent through text messages, video clips and virtual stationeries. The shelf on the bookstores for stationeries have been replaced with other items. What happened to the art of letter writing?
penmanship referred to by grade school teachers as zaner-bloser writing style is now
replaced by the garbled language of text messaging which make students forget the value of correct spelling. On the
other hand, the e-mail facility has
recaptured the different designs of the linen paper except the scent that transports the letter writer to the romance and magic of love letters. This is not to say that the conditions under which
Generation Y lives have lost the beauty of the art of letter writing forever. Letter writing has taken the route of the
internet. Animated smileys are an added feature to e-mails and photo editor programs, like picnic.com or photoshop, are efficient letter writers' companions.