Letters and stationery

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA friend and I have, just for fun, taken up the old habit of writing letters to each other. Real letters … with a pen … on paper! How about that! πŸ™‚

It’s a lot fun, actually! Sitting down, with a nice stationery that I’ve chosen, trying to get some decent handwriting back … The last part is the hardest — I think all these years of ‘no writing’ has caused atrophy in my left hand or something. Speaking of which; yesterday was International Left-handers Day LOL

Picking up a real letter, without plastic window on it, to myself in the mailbox feels special. Takes me back to younger years. Would kids nowadays know what stationery is? Twenty, thirty years ago, there used to be a huge selection of them, and there were even speciality stores for them. It was almost like choosing a theme for WordPress πŸ˜€

We’ve been at it for a couple of months, so I’ve written a few letters now. One thing that struck me at an early stage of this ‘experiment’: I have no Β«Sent folderΒ»! I can’t go back and see what I wrote!

18 Replies to “Letters and stationery”

  1. I love to write letters Rebby. Seems with the advent of emailing many stopped writing letters. I used to write 15-20 letters a month; now 3-4 a month….I tried to teach my Niece to write letters & she did learn but is too busy/too lazy to follow thru.
    One of my long time ‘pen pals’ passed away in May. Frederick, my Father’s best friend was 97 & still writing letters up til April. I started writing Frederick when I was 7 or 8….50 years of life shared with a wonderful man & his lovely wife. We met many times over the years. Frederick was a living link to my Father (who died in ’09). With both of them gone a piece of histpry has gone. Frederick & my Father were childhood friends in Germany b4 WW11. Lost each other for the war years & found each other in Canada in 1948. Frederick left for New York & my Father stayed in Hamilton & they remained close friends. I thought of Frederick as an Uncle. His wife is still alive but she is blind so I have to call her. She is very frail. Miss Frederick immensely; they were married 60 yrs.
    One day no one will be left who writes letters….maybe we will have to πŸ˜‰

    1. That is such a wonderful story, how you had your pen pal for such a long time, and I just don’t know how I missed replying to this. I do remember reading it. I lost all of my pen pals as soon as email came into play.

      1. I wondered if you had missed my reply Rebby!
        My Nanna & father wanted me to learn ‘how-to’ write letters & as Frederick & Eva where so close to my Father it was a good fit. So I would write my little letters telling them about school & being with my Nanna & the littlen animals I would bring home. Frederick was a great person; always responding. Of course as I grew up & matured the letters became more newsy & we actually shared our lives with each other. They went thru all my marriages & my careers & pets & travels. We would write about our Temples & serivces.
        They neve rknew aobut the dark side of coruse altho they did know about the troubles & my Mother & I had & they were very supportive to me.
        In fact my Mother stopped writing them for quite a few years b4 she died (my stepmonster had lots to do with that). So I slid into that spot easily. Then when my Father’s eyesight went I was able to write on his behalf as well as mine.
        I looked forward to those monthly letters so much….
        An era has ended.

  2. That sounds like such fun! It’s turning into such a novel experience to get something in the mail that is directly for you and likely to contain interesting information (as opposed to bills or marketing). Sad to think that there will soon be those who have no idea what that’s like!
    Also interesting about the sent box issue – wouldn’t have thought of that πŸ™‚

    1. It is fun! πŸ™‚
      There will probably be lots of stuff we know, that the kids won’t know about … phones with a dial and all that.

      I could copy them before I put them in the mail LOL

  3. I’m so glad that we decided to start writing each other! πŸ˜€ It is so much fun! And sure is a special feeling to go out and check the mailbox and find a real letter!

    My handwriting is awful… as you know!! ROFL. All these years, with typing has taken it’s toll… sigh. I actually used to have a really nice handwriting way back… I think YOURS is really nice!

    You should get a new letter from me anyday now! πŸ˜‰

    1. Got it yesterday, and a new one is in the mail. Meant to tell you in FB, but got side tracked.

      I always wished for a nice handwriting … thought most other people had one, but not I. Took a course in calligraphy once, but I just don’t know how left-handed people do it! Didn’t work for me..

      1. Oh great!!! Will be looking forward it! πŸ˜€

        I honestly DO think you HAVE a wonderful handwriting Rebekah!! Mine is totally bleh, and I am amazed that you can read what I say. Maybe you have to guess a few times what the word is? LOL πŸ˜‰

  4. My wife has commented that with the rise of digital we no longer see manuscripts – whether a writer’s work or a composer.

    I am all for a burgeoning of the real written word – coupled with a reduction in postage costs. I am a member of postcrossing – but at almost Β£1.00 from here in the UK even to countries in Western Europe, it’s a brave soul who sends lots of cards or letters.

    1. I’m not familiar with the word postcrossing. An ordinary letter from here to Sweden is $2.80 …

      Not many photos get printed either. Stored on various media, or lost in the vast cyberspace, eventually…

  5. Letters are great. I used to write, or should I rather say create, artistic letters with paintings/drawings and text. It was always fun to make and also fun to see what you got in return.

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