We live in a world so digital and cold; there is something to be said for a personal touch. (not the creepy Joe Biden kind of 'touch').
I've written about this before, but I've always had this thing for paper, pens and pencils. As such I love to hand write communications to family and
friends. And frankly, there's nothing better than receiving something hand written in return. It's a fun hobby and one consistent with our western
lifestyle. As a amateur history nut about the Old West, hand written communications were once the only real way to communicate. Eventually the
telegraph would come along, but it was still quite a while before written communications died down. Now, with the internet, email and countless other
forms of communication hand written letters are all but dead. For my part, I aim to change this, if only in some small inconsequential way.
I often write letters to my sisters and friends. I use old west parchment paper and fountain pens. I emboss the paper and envelopes with our ranch
seal, and even place a wax seal on the weathered parchment envelopes. It's a hobby for me, but I the recipients say they love them.
To sit down and pen a letter is therapeutic for me in a way. To receive a hand penned letter is a treasure for me as well. I think there's a bit
more heart and soul which comes from the hand, to the pen and onto the paper, than there is a simple finger punch on a keyboard and a send button. I
often see posts here on ATS where words typed in haste are taken the wrong way and arguments begin. Hand writing takes more thought, because once it
is written, it is written. You can trash the entire document and start over, but in the old days (like today) it takes time to pen a letter and just
throwing it away is a waste.
In Mom's waning years I used to write her letters all the time, much the same as referred to above. She cherished those letters. And though she
really couldn't write back very well she always spoke about how her and her friends used to read them over and over. When my sisters and I cleaned
out her estate we found a box with all those letters, all neatly tied up in a 4 way ribbon, envelopes and all.
I once read a book which stays close to the top of the stacks of my books always. It is entitled 'Mark Twain's Notebooks (Journals, Letters,
Observations with Wisdom and Doodles)
', edited by Carlo Devito. If you ever come across this book, I highly recommend it. I refer to it often.
It, among so many others, harkens back to a simpler and much more rich time; a better time. A time when people would disappear for years, decades
even, on adventures and the only word from them was a written letter. Many of those adventurers knew they may never return, and there was little hope
of receiving a response, but they wrote anyway. It was humanity.
Do you ever hand write letters? When was the last time you received an actual letter from someone? I'm not talking about a birthday card with a
signature inside, but an actual hand penned letter?
As the snow falls outside the window here in Colorado, I just finished penning a letter to my eldest sister. Hopefully it will be
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