Now forgive me but in my mind these images all relate to email – the wondrous act of sending messages over the Internet. However, the image I had in mind was more something like this:
Now, call me old fashioned if you like but I miss the excitement that came with a letter or card arriving in the post for you. Nowadays the only letters I seem to get are from the bank telling me I was right in not looking at my balance! #studentlife and all that… But I’m going off on a tangent, forgive me. What I mean to say is, whatever happened to letter writing?
I don’t want to turn into my mother with thoughts and comments like this but people these days don’t write letters frequently enough in my opinion. For example, every Christmas since 2004 I have sent and received a card and letter to a lunchtime supervisor at my first primary school in Scotland. Every year without fail for the last 11 years, Mrs Johnson has sent me a Christmas card with a brief update on how she is doing and any other information she feels might interest me – this year she let me know of the death of my P1 teacher, I certainly felt old! In return, I try and write at least one side of an A4 page of a response, telling her all about what I’ve been doing through the year and occasionally I send her a picture of Rachel and me. Yes a day will come when this card doesn’t come through the letterbox but for now we won’t think of that.
Another case of letter writing that seems to have completely gone out the window is thank you cards and letters. After our birthdays each year, and sometime after Christmas too, Rachel and I were made to sit and write a thank you letter to those family members living across the water. Included was a description of the party, a list of our favourite presents, and always a thank you for either the present, gift voucher, or money that had been given to us. If it was money or a gift voucher, we were expected to say what we hoped to buy with it. Nowadays it’s a quick text or Facebook message!
One thing that will hopefully never disappear are the letters to Santa every year. Roughly 550,000 a year according to the telegraph! Oh the excitement of writing that letter… Although it took me until I was 12 to realise why Mum and Dad always insisted our letters to Santa must be typed and saved on the computer. Very smart of them really. How else were they going to check what we wanted? Hopefully these letters will continue to be sent annually for a long time yet to come.
So as I leave you tonight, might I suggest a good deed? Write and send a letter to a friend or relative you mightn’t have spoken to in a while. I’m sure they’d really appreciate the sentiment behind a letter, whether it is typed or handwritten. It shows you care. But whatever you do, please don’t let your kids start emailing Santa!