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Write Me A Letter - By Hand

Updated on October 27, 2011

Grace of Speech

Carve the words

Letter writing has dwindled drastically from the Stage Coach days. Slowly technology has developed into mass communication. All good and appreciated, but somewhere along the way we lost the art of writing letters and grace of speech. It's much quicker to email or text, but the cutesy abbreviations used in texting has got me wondering if living thought might be dying. Developing a vocabulary is important. The more words you have in your brain the more words you have to carve out a meaningful conversation. That doesn’t mean the use of high flown language or five-dollar words. It means being able to simply and diplomatically convey a message.

A Letter Received

Writing a letter or note by hand is a ''word'' gift. A package of thoughts. It can make a person love or hate, laugh or cry. The art lies in your choice of words. I was a small girl the first time I saw the effects of a letter received.

Mama was standing at the screen door while my sister ran down a narrow dusty path to our rural mail box. She thumbed through it and held a letter high, shaking it in the air. Mama had a joyful look on her face and called all the kids in. She had finally received the letter from our brother in Okinawa. We crowded around and looked on as she read it, excited, as if it were a new born baby. During the day, I saw her go back to it and read it again and again. She smiled all day.

Hay Ride

A Note

The second time I felt the effects of a written word, was from a boy in the 7th grade. Our class went on a Halloween hay ride and I dangled my feet off the back of the wagon with him. Next day he wrote me a note and passed it to me in the hall.

"Hi. I had so much fun with you on the hay ride last night. Are you going to the pumpkin fest this weekend? If you do, would you go on the boat ride with me? I hope you wash your hair in that same shampoo that you wore last night. It smelled so good. See ya’ at gym. Answer then.

Of course I went! I washed my hair in Prell shampoo, and wore it hanging loose around my shoulders and slung it in his face all night. That boy grew up to be a politician. He learned early how to shovel shampoo to the public.

Lifelong Habit

So started my habit of note penning. I write notes to children. I write notes of encouragement to students. Letters of cheer always, nothing negative...ever. And it's O.K. to touch a little dab of Eau de toilette on the envelop. There is some beautiful correspondence stationery on the market. American Stationery has been in business for 90 years. Check them out at Order a catalog and you can see many styles and colors to choose from. It makes a great gift.

Just last week my sister called and said she was pouring through her husband’s office, (who had passed away) and found a letter I wrote him in 1980. It was in a box with his important papers. I barely remember it, but it pleased me that he considered it valuable enough to keep. And who knows, maybe he did like mama. Maybe he went back to read it again and again.

Below, a delightful song: "I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter."

By Hand

Hello Fellow Hubbers,

There are commercial cards for every occasion and they are pretty, funny and well written. However, after it is read, it will probably get shuffled around for a while, then end up in a drawer that eventually gets emptied out, not like a hand written note with a wrong spelled word or misplaced punctuation. You see, your personal touch warms a person's heart and they will hold it in their hands a little while longer and smell it, pondering your relationship. I just received a thank you card from a very dear friend who has Cerebral Palsy. It is hardly legible. I keep it displayed on my Baker's Rack in the kitchen. I touch it once in a while. It's between me an God that I'm sending a belssing to her.

The next time you shuffle through your mail and see an envelop written by hand, open it immediately. It might be a love letter. Hopefully not a Dear John letter. Possible a naughty letter. So be careful what you write. A word written is in concrete.

Love, Ann..... xoxo


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    • anndavis25 profile image

      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      If I see a hand written note in the mail...I read it right away. It's like a visit.

      It still works doesn't it?

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      Handwritten letters are the best. Nowadays technology rules, the art of writing is slowly becoming history. There are mails, text messages and that too in short form of words. Great hub. Voted up.

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      Mr. Smith 6 years ago from California

      This is exactly how I see it. Great job!

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      Dexi 6 years ago from New England

      Perfect. Handwritten letters are gifts to be treasured in today's world.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Yeah drbj, and it will all go in the trashbin.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Handwriting sweet letters is a gift and like you, I mourn the passing of same. We are too busy these days texting and typing to write by hand. My handwriting skill has so deteriorated, I have to print in order for it to be read by others.

      I mourn ... that cursive is gone. What will be next? Just some more text.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Ghaelach, I think 100 years in the future, we will materalize like in starwars. You can invite me for lunch and I'll get in a little area in my house and beam myselt to your house. Don't laugh.

      Dave, yes you can tell alot about a person by their ability to write. Personally, I have to look up words. I forgot how to spell.

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      Gus L 6 years ago

      Very good and very true. What's you address, Ann. I want to sit down and write you a letter!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This rings so true! Hand-written letters can be kept and cherished long after an email gets tossed into the recycle bin. Fortunately I have kept some letters from long ago and have even used some of them as hub material. Up, useful and if there was an important listing...that would be clicked as well.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      It was not to long only about 50 years ago that we relied upon penmanship rather than sitting at a keyboard. Alot can be revealed by a person's handwriting abilities.

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Morning Ann.

      Now that was a joy to read and i think i can say i agree with all you say. But we still need to learn the "WORDS" or i wouldn't be able to type this comment to you.

      If you where around 200 years ago you would find that a lot of people couldn't read or write.

      What we have today is progress, although there is some progress that we could do without.

      Ask yourself what will we have in 100 years in the future. Computers will be old fashion.

      Great hub and voted up with A/I.

      Take care Ann and ahve a nice day.

      LOL Ghaelach