I wish I got more letters.
I love reading my emails and texts and tweets, but nothing beats the joy of getting a proper handwritten letter in a proper envelope.
I can’t remember the last time I had one?
When I was at University my parents, my sister and my Grandmother would all write to me regularly with tales from home and Brum. These are now some of my most treasured possessions and are so wonderful to re-read. They are snapshots of moments in our lives told in the voices of our loved ones.
I used to go along to the broadcasting of a live TV comedy show in London most Sunday mornings when I was a student and would sometimes be seen on screen. One letter from my Mum said “Me and your Dad saw you on the telly this week. Your hair looks nice” I’m sure they were relieved to see I was still alive and well and not on crutches! (see K is for Knee)
My letters from my late Nan are unintentionally hilarious. As an elderly lady who didn’t get out much, she had very little to write about (“I had peas with my dinner. Been windy ever since”) but she took the time to write it down anyway, put it in a Laura Ashley envelope and walk to the postbox to brighten my day. These are priceless.
I could easily spend days getting lost in that box of letters.
Would I ever keep and re-read a box of emails? Probably not. They are functional and dealt with and never looked at again. Sad isn’t it? No penmanship, no special selection of paper, no doodles. Some people will never have a box of letters they can treasure unless we get writing again!
I could also spend hours reading Letters of Note, a brilliant website which gathers old letters for us to trawl through nosily. They are all incredible, some unbelievably touching and others marking significant moments in history. It’s an amazing read, I strongly recommend you pop by there and enjoy, allowing plenty of time to get absorbed in the stories.
Write a letter to someone you love. With a pen. And send it.
You’ll be creating a treasure for the future.