Writing Letters – a Nostalgic Look into the Past

Writing Letters – a Nostalgic Look into the Past

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how people communicate.  Writing letters used to be one of my favourite things in the world.  I don’t do it anymore, and I really miss it.  I’ve written some of my thoughts about it for you.

writing letters part 1

letter and flowers

writing letters part 2

lots of letters

writing letters part 3

paper and pen

writing letters part 4

air letter

If you can’t read my handwriting, or if your screen doesn’t show images, you can read this post here.

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Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

It certainly is a lost art isn’t it? I suppose it is easier to write an email or message. I know my handwriting has certainly deteriorated because I use the computer all the time. I do have some letters which I treasure. One is from my grandmother to my Mum (both deceased now). Mum was in hospital after giving birth to my older brother and in those days you were in hospital for a longer time. The second was letters my Mum wrote to my cousin/godmother who is like a big sister to me. It is so lovely to see… Read more »


I truly enjoyed reading your handwritten post! I used to love letter writing when I was younger. I had a niece that was my age but lived several towns away (enough for there to be long distance charges!) So we wrote to each other. The funniest one was when she accidentally put her letter for her boyfriend into an envelope addressed to me. That one deserved a long distance phone call. I could almost feel the heat of her embarrassment over the phone line!

Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au

I had a Japanese penpal too Cheryl! We used to write to each other on those thin blue email letters and she’d send me little cute Japanese character pictures – I still have some of them! You’re so lucky to still be in touch with yours and you’re right about the lost art of handwriting – I wrote about it too a while back. Typing’s faster but not as satisfying.
MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂


I love your post – and especially the way you hand wrote it all out. I have to admit that I was guilty of the same lack of letter writing. Then I gained a new friend several years back. She was in two of the anthologies I put together & she wrote me a sweet note afterwards. I was so touched. So we started corresponding. It’s mostly emails back and forth, but I get at least one and sometimes two handwritten cards and notes from her each week. She just loves to write to friends – the ‘old fashioned’ way.… Read more »

Christina Daggett

Hi Cheryl, I had a pen pal when I was in the fourth and fifth grade, but we lost touch when as a military family we moved overseas, first to Japan, then later to Bogota, Colombia. I miss those days of writing letters. I used to keep a hand written journal, too, but now that I’m blogging, that has fallen by the wayside. I enjoyed your post. It took me back to happy times. Thanks for sharing.


While I don’t handwrite many letters (although I do make cards and write a brief note) … I do enjoy journaling by hand. And lately, I’ve taken to using a fountain pen. I like the feel of the pen in my hand and the way it makes me slow down to ensure the ink flow is smooth and even. In slowing down my penmanship, I slow down my thoughts – which helps me make more sense of the world (rather than mindlessly going from one activity to another). I love that you used photos of your handwriting to draft a… Read more »


I grew up writing letters. I gave myself a challenge last month to write one letter a week. Even if only a postcard. I did write a long two page letter. I feel I express myself differently in a letter – whether true or not. Yes I still like to write paper/pen my to do list. I like looking and feeling it.

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