Thursday, May 6, 2010

Simple Pleasures: Handwritten Notes



Last week I received a pleasant surprise in the mail, a handwritten thank you note from my friend Sarah, and it got me thinking about how the simple handwritten note is falling by the wayside. Today, thank you notes are sent via email (if at all), birthday cards are electronic, and invitations are Evite's. Going to the mail has even become a chore that I put off until the day I know my US Weekly is arriving. Don't get me wrong, I love technology and can't survive without email and my MacBook, but there is something to be said for the charm and simple beauty of a handwritten note. When reading my handwritten letters I often wonder, what was the sender thinking when he wrote the letter? Was it planned? Was he sitting on a park bench, in a crowded coffee shop, or on his bed? Did he cry, and if so, were they tears of joy or sadness? Was he laughing? Was he mad? I also love feel and smell of old stationary paper. I have a bundle of letters that my grandparents sent me over the years tucked away under my bed, and I enjoy pulling them out when I need to feel close to them.

Handwritten letters are personal and exude warmth, sincerity and love. After all, who can forget Allie's face when her mother handed her Noah's letters in The Notebook?









20 comments:

  1. Wow...great minds think alike! I've been planning a post on this topic for awhile. You'll have to look for it soon. ;) I too miss the written word, and keep a similar bundle of letters and cards tied with a pretty ribbon.

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  2. So true...I miss hand written letters! I wish people would use traditional post more :)
    Kisses and great post!

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  3. These photos are so great! And I love writing handwritten notes. They're the best to send off via snail mail, and also to receive...sometimes the surprise letters are the best ones! :) Great post!

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  4. I use to have a pen pal growing up. There is something magical about getting a personal letter in the MAIl!

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  5. I love receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. It's such a welcome surprise from all the junk mail and bills I usually get. I agree that there's a certain something special behind someone still taking the time to pull out their stationary and write a proper handwritten letter over sending out an e-mail or text. Great post, Marcie!

    xo
    Valerie

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  6. I couldn't agree with you more! It makes me sad that our generation will not have handwritten letters to document our lives. I mean, e-mails and facebook messages aren't going to be around forever. They're somewhere in cyber space, ready to disappear any second. There is something so special about handwritten letters (and diaries). They're romantic and sentimental and real treasures. They can be passed down to our children and grandchildren, as proof we existed and once loved. Sigh.

    I could seriously go on forever about this topic. Great post!

    PS. Your comment made me smile. I'm really happy you like my blog. I am following you now and hope you will follow back. ;)

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  7. I write letters still! my grandmorhter was very big in writing letters and I got that from her.
    xx
    callie

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  8. Oh I so wish that I would receive a handwritten letter. Hasn't happened in years! Sometimes I think about it to. If I see something that even remotely looks like it could be a handwritten letter I get excited. But it's never what I think it is. LOL

    Hope you're having a great day! xoxo

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  9. Just received a hand-written Thank You note in the mail, and felt so special! It's truly a lost art form that we should resurrect.

    Thanks for your Clarisonic vote and for the sweet accompanying comment, btw. Glad I found your blog, too :)

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  10. It is so true Marcie...

    Thank you or even love letters seem out of the ordinary nowadays with the abundance of technology. Which is even more heartwarming when you receive such delights in the mail.

    Lovely post hun.

    oxo

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  11. its so hard to write handwritten notes anymore.. because i feel like i end up telling the people what i wrote before the get the letter... but i do love them!!
    great pictures!

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  12. Hi Marcie, such fun our blogs crossed. Yours is lovely! These images are beautiful. I totally agree nothing beats a hand-wriiten write!
    Have a happy day, I'm off to see what I've been missing ...
    xx

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  13. I love, love, LOVE getting mail. And I send handwritten letters and notes all the time -- it's an absolute dying art.
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  14. Just found your blog and I so agree...a handwritten letter is magical! I am having my own little campaign to bring back this lost art...I try to sent little notes to my blogger friends all over the world when I can. I adore seeing the stamps on the ones I have received...hugs for a great day. xoxo Oh your blog is lovely by the way. xo

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  15. I could NOT agree more! You simply cannot send an email thank you note, it has to be handwritten. Thank you for reminding everyone! Plus, there's so much pretty stationery out there to use!

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  16. my mom taught me to write thank you notes from the time i could well, write, and i'm so glad she did! i will be teaching my kids the same thing!

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  17. Great post! I totally agree. I miss receiving letters that people actually take time to write with love!

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  18. Hi Marcie - I am so with you on the hand-written note front. Infact I am dreadful for buying pack after pack of pretty postcards to send to people. I love getting stuff in the post so I assume everyone else will be too! Louise x

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  19. I completely agree! I absolutely adore the handwritten letter or note... so much thought goes into sending one, and I love the excitement of receiving and opening a real letter (and not just junk mail or bills). I really truly hope that this is not something that dies with the electronic age!

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