I need to write more. My handwriting is starting to look atrocious and my hand cramps up when I write more than a sentence or two. In my youth, everyone always commented on how beautiful my handwriting was. I wrote with a flair for calligraphy.
Computers are ruining the fine art of penmanship. I hear they are wanting to do away with cursive writing altogether. Many schools have done away with handwriting classes and replaced them with keyboarding classes. What a shame. I miss handwritten letters, especially love letters.
I remember how exciting it was as a child when a letter came addressed to me. My aunts would send me letters randomly because it made me so happy to get mail. Once I was old enough to write letters of my own, I signed up with the Big Blue Marble to get pen pals. I had a pen pal from Isreal, one from France, and one from Trinidad. I was so amazed that we could make friends all over the world through writing letters. It was also a great way to learn a foreign language. Written letters opened up my world to lots of new experiences.
Some of my fondest memories in Junior High and High School were passing notes in school. Do kids even do that anymore or do they just text? I still have some of those letters that we wrote with different color pens and drawing little pictures before folding them up in that specific way that school notes had to be folded. I remember slipping anonymous notes into a boy’s locker you liked and hiding around the corner to watch his reaction when he read it. I also remember how much trouble we would get into if a parent or a teacher found a note. We would devise ways to write in code or find new ways of passing notes undetected during class. We passed MASH and slam books around and spent nights writing in diaries. It seemed that life revolved around writing.
Here’s a fun idea, write your best friend an old school note. Fold it up high school style and pass it to them at your next meeting.
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There is a group of people who are reviving the art of writing. The planners and scrapbookers have brought a new interest to calligraphy and hand lettering. Some of them have set up letter exchanges called Happy Mail, where letters are handwritten, decorated with great detail, and contain little surprises. Maple Post is a blog dedicated to all things snail mail from postcard swaps to pen pals. If you are interested in swapping some Happy Mail or finding a pen pal, you can find mail swap groups to join on Facebook.
I love getting mail so if you want to send me some Happy Mail or a postcard of your favorite destination, here is my mailing address. Be sure and include your Instagram name if you want me to share a picture of it on my Instagram.
Writing is a magical thing. When you write a letter you are sharing a little part of your soul. There is a magic that flows from the soul to the paper through the tactile act of writing. The soul flows through the giving hand throw the ink and onto the paper. They say the eyes are windows to the soul but the pen is the voice and poetry is the heart.
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Surprise your love with a handwritten love letter. Fill it with poetry from the heart and professions of eternal love. Seal it with a kiss, spritz it with perfume and send it in the mail.
Need some inspiration for a love letter, check out these ideas
When was the last time you received a love letter?
Have you written a letter lately?