March 27, 2010

Hello Pen, Meet Paper! National Card & Letter Writing Month

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On Friday, my blog-friend, Selena at Apron Thrift Girl, posted about an article she had read in Country Living magazine sharing that April is National Card & Letter Writing Month.  How cool is that?  An entire month dedicated to the art of handwriting.  And I not only love getting ‘real mail’ but also sending cards and letters to my friends and family.  I’m in heaven!

My grandpa was a writer. No, not a professional. He just liked to write letters.  Detailed letters, many of which I wish I kept. He was a man of few spoken words, but give him a pen and paper and he would write about all kinds of things.  I really miss him!

I used to send handwritten letters and cards much more frequently than I do now.  It’s been awhile since I’ve used my Hallmark Gold Crown card, although I do have to say that I am still well stocked and have cards in my file for most any occasion that could come up.  Since I love writing and sending letters, I’m teaching BabyGirl the importance of handwritten notes and cards.  Thankfully Bubbe loves to write and several times a month she’ll send a letter to BabyGirl.  And BabyGirl always sends something back. Always a handwritten card or letter.  Always something she’s made just for Bubbe.

Fewer people write these days.  The post office let’s us know this often.  With Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email and texting there are so many other ways to be immediately involved in someones life.  And while I use all these mediums, I still take time to send handwritten letters.  But, I do admit, that in the past several months I’ve been remiss.

My friend R, I usually call her my sister, started out as my penpal when I was 6.  I had visions of becoming friends with someone from a far off land when I sent my request to Big Blue Marble, a Saturday morning TV show. R lived in the Detroit area and I lived in Texas.  For almost 35 years we’ve been friends – before email, before texting.  Before cheap long distance.  Before call waiting.  We wrote letters.  Lots and lots of letters. And through it we celebrated birthday, weddings, deaths, and the birth of children.  Letters, handwritten letters, were our connection not only to each other but to a world bigger than us.

Selena at Apron Thrift Girl is putting together a list of people who want to participate in a handwritten letter swap.  If you are interested, click over to Selena’s site (the link is above) and sign up for her letter swap. She has all the details and it should be a fun exchange.  While you’re there, check out the cool crafts she does.  Let her know I sent you.

Whether or not you participate in Selena’s letter swap, consider sending someone you love a handwritten letter.  Who are you going to write? As I type this my list is getting longer and longer.

Sara

{ 2 comments }

Renae @ Madame Deals March 28, 2010 at 4:34 am

Hi Sara,
I was in shock two weeks ago when my sister in law told me that her 5th grade son did not know cursive writing. Apparently, our school district does not require it. My SIL assumed he knew since her oldest knew. The 5th grader came to her and asked if he could learn. She was in shock too!

I guess they feel that with technology, there will be less of a need for hand writing. However, it is a skill that all kids should know. They do have to know how to sign their name and many things are still written in cursive even if it is electronic. Very sad for our kids. It really means that as parents we have to go the extra mile to make sure the schools are providing an education. And I am sure that is one reason you decided to home school!

Thanks for the post!

Sara March 29, 2010 at 12:41 am

Hello Renae,

Thank you for your comment. Really, they don’t require cursive? I was just speaking with a friend who was telling me the same thing. What’s interesting is that most European and Asian countries begin cursive as early as 1st grade. I agree that cursive is something kids should know. Maybe they should have pen pal opportunities where they have to put pen to paper.

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