This is outside my (shared) bedroom window. And no, it’s not snow, though it’s pretty and sugar-like! It’s a frozen rain/sleet mix. We had some on Sunday, which caused us to slip though a stoplight on the way to church, and we had more yesterday, which canceled church.
Anyways, I’m going to give 10 reasons WHY people should consider reverting back to the old way of conversing. I love writing and receiving letters, and it’s actually how I talk with most of my friends. (Most of my friends I see at church or I write.)
- It’s more personal than emailing/texting/Facetagramtweetchating (me trying to combine multiple social medias…😂)
There’s just something different about a handwritten letter compared to an email/text, etc. Maybe because you can feel it, read it over again before bed….
2. It’s a little more private
I’m not going to say it’s a completely private way to tell someone something, because we’ve gotten/sent things that have been opened (and read [or ate]) by someone before. However, it is a bit more private than emailing/texting (unless you have encryption like we do), but it’s definitely more private than most social medias!
3. It improves your handwriting
I found a letter from a friend from 2015 the other day. I sent her a picture, and she said she’s glad her handwriting has improved since then. I know my handwriting was bad six years ago, but it has improved the more I write.
4. It’s an excuse for using your artistic talent (aka. decorating/lettering, etc)
One of my pen pals did that one of her letters. I’ve had another pen pal draw me a Tiger Lily and another gave me sticky-note verse lettering. It’s fun to receive/give hand lettered verses/quotes and gives an excuse to use fancy lettering.
5. It’s relaxing (or at least my sister say so!)
Okay, I do agree with my sister’s point. Writing letters is relaxing, and is one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored. (So tonight, since I don’t have much to read [the libraries are closed since the schools are closed], I can write a letter.)
6. It teaches you patience
For some reason, the mail has been slow lately. And often times, things get lost or end up in weird places (it took a month for one package of mine to come and one time, a package from Arizona went to California before going to St. Louis.) My sister’s pen pal sent her a Christmas card a few days before Christmas, and we got it last week. So letters (and the mail system) will teach patience.
7. Lowers your screen time
Emails and texting take up a lot of screen time. By writing letters, you can cut your internet time down a lot. (That is, if you have lot of friends.)
8. It’s easier to save (unless a fire/tornado/hurricane happens!)
I delete emails often. However, I hardly ever get rid of letters. I was running out of room in my letter box, so I started putting multiple letters in the same envelopes and throwing away the old envelopes. There’s probably over 50 letters in those envelope pictured above.
9. You can send more than just letters
I like sending pictures and verse cards with my letters. My pen pals, however, send things like book marks, bracelets (one sent me a bracelet from Hawaii and a Euro from Italy), and other small enjoyable things.
10. It’s just enjoyable!
Writing letters is just fun in general. It’s a lot art, and is “old-fashioned” (which describes me somewhat well). I love running out to the mailbox (well, not on icy days since I’d probably fall) to see if the mail people brought me anything. #LittleJoysofLife
Bonus! Makes others feel loved or special
A random letter/note to a good friend or a family member can brighten there day and make them feel loved or special. It’s a great way to cheer up someone you know has had a rough week.
And that’s it for this week, my friends! I hope this inspires you to write some letters.
Do you have any pen pals? If so, how many? (I currently have seven.) Do you like writing letters? What about receiving?