Annette Rochelle Aben is a guest on Chris The Story Reading Ape‘s blog, challenging us to turn off our digital devices for a bit and revive the lost art of personal communication, by putting pen to paper in the form of a handwritten letter. Receiving a letter in the post from family and friends is always a treat. December is Write a Friend Month, and Annette suggests reaching beyond our inner circle to those who might need encouragement or simply to know they are not alone. #Recommended ❤
When was the last time you received a letter in the mail? No, I don’t mean the ones like I receive, informing me of the great opportunity to settle my final arrangements before my family is burdened with the responsibility. Life can begin at any age but it gets fun once you turn 60. But I digress…
I was raised to write letters. Every time I received a gift, I wrote a thank you note. If I was having a party, I created invitations. When I wanted to communicate with a friend who had moved away from the neighborhood, I sent letters. Partly because there was NO privacy on the family phone, that hung in the kitchen, right around the corner from the living room. At least there was a hope that only the intended would be reading my letters. It was just what we did. And it was a big deal when the mail came because a letter meant that someone thought highly of you.
In this age of texting, emoji’s and social media, we have gotten away from the personal communication of the handwritten letter. We’ve settled for the immediacy of snippets of ideas or conversation as opposed to giving time and attention to the connection with someone else. It’s as though we have put relationships in the same category as disposable razors . . .