December 7th was National Letter Writing Day and you’re probably asking “why is this of any importance?”
How many of us have received hand written letters in the mail? I’ll wager there are those of us who have received cards for various reasons, but it’s not quite the same. When you receive a card there is usually a reason, and the content reflects that reason. Receiving a letter on a piece of paper can contain anything. The possibilities of what the writer could say are endless. The feeling of holding the letter in your hands knowing someone sat down and had to focus solely on what they wanted to say to you is amazing. Reading through the letter, you are giving it your full focus. When you read a text or email, you are distracted by other notifications popping up, other texts, emails, or snapchats. When you’re looking at a piece of paper, that’s all there is.
I know from experience that writing a letter is much harder than writing a quick text. However, once the pen starts moving it will fly away with you. While the reader may be surprised at what is on the paper, the writer might very well be too. Writing allows you to follow any train of thought so easily you may begin by talking about something completely superficial and end with something very personal.
Writing a letter also allows you a sense of style. You can choose the type of paper, writing utensil, envelope, and anything you would like to include with the letter. I love writing my letters with an ink quill, and using a wax seal to enclose the envelope. Maybe you like to write in pens with bright colors, or include sketches and doodles.
This month, we invite you to write letters to your friends and relatives. Reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a while since the pandemic. To help inspire you, below is a list of books in which the characters’ lives have been affected in some way by writing letters. Write one this month and see if it can affect yours as well.