Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Lost Art of Letter Writing?

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we recently came across this fun #write_on campaign from Egg Press and Hello!Lucky: they're asking people to write 30 letters in 30 days for National Letter-Writing Month in April. This kind of thing is right up my alley – a writing challenge! Plus I've always loved letters. Evidence:
  1. I broke up with my middle school boyfriend via letter in 7th grade. I waited specifically till I was on vacation so I didn't have to do it in person. #classy
  2. My childhood friend and I used to send each other mix tapes wrapped in letters on Lion King stationary. Ace of Base + Mariah Carey + 5 trillion stamps. 
  3. When one of us got in trouble because of a disparaging note a teacher found in the trash can, my friends and I developed a complicated symbol system for identifying the sender and recipient of a letter. A drawing of a turtle = Haley. Lizard = Andrew. NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW.
  4. In high school my friends and I used to write letters to each other during class that were really elaborate fantasy scenes detailing how exactly the person we were crushing on was going to fall in love with us. They were basically delusional romance novels in letter form. 
  5. In college my great-grandma sent me letters each month. It was the best mail I got and helped me not go crazy with homesickness.  
I can't remember the last time I sent someone a real letter. Email has made physical letters seem antiquated and a bit unnecessary – why would you wait a week to get a response from someone when you could have a whole conversation back and forth in minutes? But awhile back I found an old letter from my great-grandma, and it was so ridiculously comforting to see her handwriting and hold in my hands something she had written, especially now that she's been gone for 8 years.

I was thinking about who I'd write my 30 letters to, and I really am not sure I can come up with 30 people. I think most people would find it strange I'm writing them a physical letter. But I'm excited to do it anyway, and to bring back some of the romance involved in sending your handwritten words miles and miles away to be opened by someone else. I probably won't be including any mix tapes, though.

If you're a fan of letters, check out – it's one of my favorite sites and has gems written by a mix of people, from Fitzgerald to Ronald Reagan. Here's a good one from Wil Wheaton. And if you want to join the #write_on campaign, head over here to get a free kit of letterpress cards and a pen to get you started. Happy writing!

Anybody else have some fond memories of letter writing?

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