Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Lost Art Of Writing...
"A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill." ~ Jane Austen
It has never been my habit to collect things -- I am the opposite of a hoarder -- but I have a dresser drawer full of handwritten notes that people have sent me, some of them from 30 years ago, including one from my father that is still rather special. When I was a little girl, I had a pen pal in England, and I was always excited to receive a letter from my friend across the Atlantic Ocean. I still remember her address. I wonder what would happen if I were to send a letter there today.
"A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend." ~Emily Dickinson
"Then there's the joy of getting your desk clean, and knowing that all your letters are answered, and you can see the wood on it again." ~Lady Bird Johnson
In her 1922 publication "Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home" Emily Post wrote a whole chapter on Notes and Shorter Letters. "In writing notes or letters, as in all other forms of social observance, the highest achievement is in giving the appearance of simplicity, naturalness and force."
"There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters... I could be their leader." ~Charlie Brown
I'm going to keep my little note out where I can see it for a few days, and then I will put it with my collection of other special handwritten notes. Have you written anyone a note today?