Daily Archives: February 9, 2011

Is the handwritten letter disappearing?

I love getting mail.

Mail that our mail driver has to deliver to our metal mailbox that stands by the road. Mail that I have to hold in my hand to open. Mail that I have to pull out of an envelope and unfold to read its contents, perhaps finding a surprise tuck-in to add to the delight.  Or cards to open and enjoy.  Real mail.

Not the junk that a variety of companies send en masse. Not inky flyers that rave on about the sales and specials their retailers are offering, spreads that are designed to seduce would-be buyers by their promise of ‘better than the other guy’s’.  Not political printouts of some kind to remind constituents of another representative covetous of support and praise and claiming bragging rights.  No, none of all that.

I like real mail.  Letters from friends.  Deliveries of items I have ordered.  Magazines to which I subscribe.  Letters from friends …

Letters from friends .. so few now that the Internet has taken over.  So few now that I don’t write letters nearly as much as I used to do. In fact, if not for the publication that I publish I would receive hardly any handwritten mail at all.  My mailbox used to be a very busy spot. At one time I was receiving an average of ten letters a day – can you imagine that? But, that was back in the early 90’s when my publication – operated on donations then – was going worldwide and I had over five hundred members. Not now.  Now I send only within Canada and the USA – postage is too high to justify subscription fees to mail beyond.  And that is sad.  I miss my readers in Australia, the UK, India, Korea, South Africa, and other countries.

Email is nice, but there is nothing like a handwritten letter (or even typed and mailed.)  My script is not as good as it used to be, perhaps because I don’t write often enough to keep it nice – or maybe because I think faster than I can neatly write those thoughts.   There is that problem.  🙂

Another thing is real postage stamps.  Sticking them onto the corner of that envelope, artistically created colourful, commemorative, meaningful, real stamps.  And that can lead us into another whole topic – of collecting – which I do.  But for now …

I love getting mail, real mail.

How about you?  Do you like to receive handwritten letters?  Do you enjoy writing them?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂