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Sunday, 18 January 2009

A Letter From A Stranger….

This is me reading my letter...

There is something sugary and delightful to me about receiving a handwritten letter. That’s why it’s on my list of thirty things to do this year. So when I came home the other evening and sifted through my letters….. ‘bill, bill, ex’s debt letter, bank statement, buy a new car sales letter, bill’ at the bottom of the pile on girly pink writing paper was a handwritten letter all for me. Of course I was delighted I sat down, made a cup of (green) tea curled up and read through the fifteen pages. Taking me back to my Pen-pal childhood before email was invented.

When was the last time you wrote (not typed) a letter? Have you ever written a letter to someone you didn’t know? What would you say? How would you introduce and express yourself?

The letter was from a sympathetic reader who read my list of thirty things and decided to help me achieve one. Thanks hun! There was a certain openness in their writing where the sender explained who they were, where they were from and small parts of their life which left me wanting to know more about them so I will definitely write back.

Wow I have a pen-pal :)

On a deeper level reading it also left me thinking that when humanity abandons the pen and paper completely when instant communication, such as emails, phone calls webcam, e-cards video calls and texts are all that’s left. We would have really lost something.

I think we would have lost a little joy in our lives, the same sort of joy you get from running through sprinklers or curling up with someone warm when the rain is pouring outside. Hmmmm I think I’m going to write to people more and start sending cards again. Oh and write in those cards instead of saying ‘from Angel’


Emeka Amakeze said...

You are absolutely right Angel. There is this joy that hand written letters give that you can't find in a million emails and text messages and even type written letters. I really wish to get one soon.

ShonaVixen said...

I love handwritten letters so much, besides the whole childhood memories, they are also intimate..i guess if a guy would want to win my heart, then he'd pen me a you hon!!!

eclectik said...


Im jealous

Brownngirl. said...

You're absolutely right, and I've been saying that for years! I love handwritten letters.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

letter writing is a lost art

Angel said...

@ Emeka, I hope you also get one soon

@ ShonaVixen, girl you have stirred the romantic part of me, it would be so beautiful to get a letter from a lover…

@ Eclectik, don’t be hun, if you want me to, I will write to you (it would take months for you to get it though I actually have to try and find time lol)

@ Browngirl, Im glad you get the same joy as me

@ Torrance, you are right, you should teach your little ones!