Tuesday, March 09, 2010

A lost art...


Yesterday I got a pleasant surprise in my mailbox. Something I've not seen in a long, long time. My brother, who's ten years older than me and still lives in Philadelphia sent me a handwritten letter...

We talk often on the phone, if you call about once a month often. In this Instant~Gratification age of cell phones, Blackberries, email and texting, actually sitting down and writing a letter I believe is almost lost.

That he's not at all computer savvy and mistrusts the googlenet is not the point. In this day and age, he thought of me enough to sit down and actually take the time to write a letter to me was touching.

It truly is a lost art.

Even myself, I've lost the ability to do this years ago... But the one hold out I do keep rigidly is I still write out an email to someone in letter form, without all the usual interweb abbreviations, as if it was a real ink-on-paper letter to someone. I'll maybe throw in a "LOL" or two, but other than that I'll write a letter, use spell-check and use proper English.

Maybe I'm behind the times, maybe I'm just getting to be a crotchety old man...

But that letter really made my day!

I say use English when you write, and put ink on paper once in a while...

It just might brighten up some one's day!

Copyright 2010 Thomas J Wolfenden

9 comments:

Just telling it like it is said...

When you use the work crotchidy your old...Just kidding

Kimberly said...

Dear Uncle Tom,

Just a quick note to say hi. So hi and I hope all is well. Kiss the babies and pet the dog for me.

Much love,

Kim

leazwell said...

Letters by hand are indeed a treasure. I only have one friend who still practices the art.

Ranger Tom said...

Just Telling it: I am old and crotchety...

Kiberly: Kiss the dog and kick the babies?

Leazwell: It had been so long since I've gotten a handwritten letter... It just made my day!

Just telling it like it is said...

I dropped the ball sorry..at least I didn't drop the soap

UBERMOUTH said...

OMFG I NEVER use spell check. *blushes*

Who has time ?

The Ramblin Hillbilly said...

I vote for the crothcety old man theory but behind the times could be a possible explanation aswell. Where does the scientific evidence point though I wonder?

Stormin said...

I have some family members with no email whom I write to. When I get stuff back from them it always brightens my day.

I'm kinda old school about my writing though. Fountain pen and all...

Barefoot Dreamer said...

I wrote today with a paper and pencil on the fifth page my hand cramped up so bad I couldn't continue. amazing what we don't use we really do lose