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Reminiscing with Old Letters

Recently as I was going through things to recycle or take to the thrift store I found a stash of forgotten old letters from my school days. These letters date back to a time when far away friends and family did not communicate with electronic gadgets, instead they often took pen to paper and mailed off their thoughts and news using a postage stamp that you had to lick. Believe it or not, there are people today who still prefer this method of communication, but they can be few and far between. Handwritten letters are still important since they convey more meaning than a text message or email ever could. What memories did I find?

There were letters from as far away as Europe, and letters from as close to home as the neighbors across the street. It was interesting to see how as my friends matured their handwriting, news and interests would change. There was lots of talk about the latest boy-bands and news about summer school vacations. The cards from relatives that have since passed away made me think fondly of past family gatherings.

There was funky bright orange flower power stationery that closed with "P.S. How is puddy?" I'm hoping this is referring to a cat.

The back of one envelope was spattered with fountain pen ink. Interestingly the letter inside was written with a ballpoint.

I found hand written poetry entitled "The Tale of the Seahorse." I do not think this is original, but the pink waves in the left hand margin are a fun touch.

Retro greeting cards are always fun to look at. They brought back memories of shopping in the local Hallmark store!

There were a few drawings made with pen.

"P.S.S. I really like the orange julius recipe you sent me. Thanks." is written on the back of the top envelope.

Are you someone who enjoys the art of hand-writing letters? Have you ever spent time reminiscing reading old letters? What is your favorite find? Why not take the time to write an old fashioned letter using pen and paper and make someone’s day special!



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I have never stopped hand writing letters since I started with my first pen pal at age 10 (so 51 years ago!). So much more personal than an email. ;)

I love handwritten letters. I go through phases where I don't write any for a year then I write 10-20 in a weekend.

One of the reasons I love it is that I always hope someone will reciprocate with a handwritten, personal note. It is rare for someone to do so, though.

On a side note - I started using a fountain pen a few months ago and penned my first fountain pen correspondence (that was actually mailed) last weekend!

Many of my letters never get sent, and I find them in the future. I usually open, read, and keep them, but sometimes I open, read, and send them.

I still write letters but am part of a dying breed, I'm afraid. I never received mail back from most of the people I write. But I do it to spread love and rebel against the digital world, so the mere act of writing a letter makes me happy. My favorite old cards and letters are the ones from my grandmother, who passed away in 2000. Just rereading them brings her love back to me.:)

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