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Monday, January 17, 2011

Handwritten Notes Make an Impression

Handwritten notes are almost a lost art. That's sad, I think.

A couple of days ago, I received from a friend a beautifully-written, heartfelt note that I shall keep and treasure always. I thought then about how these days not many of us take time to write meaningful notes and send them by postal mail.

Most of us are so busy that we write quick messages and post them on Facebook, Twitter, or in our e-mail accounts. Those messages are great to receive and certainly keep us aware of what others are doing, but they will never be as special as a well-written note, crafted by hand, and sealed in an envelope.

I have a close friend who always sends a handwritten note to me as a thank you for gifts or other special gestures. Another acquaintance is quick to write letters to acknowledge a visit or to send a newspaper clipping she has saved for me.

I always write little thank-you notes to school children who bring me small gifts for Christmas or at the end of the school year. Since I use cards that feature my paintings, they are especially pleased to receive them. This example, I hope, will encourage the children to someday write their own thank-you notes to friends.

Do you write notes by hand and mail them to your friends? Do you treasure those you receive?

I love the ones I receive. Heartfelt notes make a real impression on me. I hope it never becomes a completely lost art.


Stephen Tremp said...

I think hand written notes are becoming a lost art. My wife does send them. She has terrific hand writing. She makes me look good, especially when she signs The Tremps.

Mary Vaughn said...

I love writing notes and yes, even letters. Those I am blessed enough to receive are in a special box.

Mason Canyon said...

Handwritten notes and letters are fast becoming a lost art I'm afraid. I use to write to a friend that lives in Texas, but we've both gotten so busy we usually just send a quick e-mail or call each other for a quick visit. This is a good reminder I need to write her a letter.

Thoughts in Progress

Monti said...

Yea for wives with great handwriting, Stephen!

Note and letter-writing! Am glad you still do it, Mary Vaughn!

Letters are keepers now because they are few and far between.

Thanks, all of you, for commenting!


Bob Sanchez said...

A friend sent me a handwritten note a couple of years ago, and I really appreciated it. I can't remember how long it's been since I've sent one, other than notes in seasonal cards.

Monti said...

Bob, it's nice to receive a handwritten note. A few years down the road, they'll probably be collectibles!!!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I do send handwritten notes for a few occasions, but hardly ever write full letters anymore. It's sad, because receiving a lovely long letter from a friend or relative was always a pleasure.

N. R. Williams said...

They are special. It is a hard lesson to teach young people today.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Monti said...

I recall a detailed letter an elderly aunt wrote to me years ago. I'm not sure where it is now, but I'd like to find it because in it she wrote details of family history I have no way of finding on my own now. At least, with the Internet we can better document our own lives at this point in history!