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Writer's Block: Letters from Home

Do you still write letters to friends or family? (Actual written letters, not emails.) Does a handwritten letter mean more to you when you receive one, or do you find yourself wishing they'd typed it out so it was more legible?

I think this is worth talking about because writing letters is truly a lost art.
I love to write letters more than many things in life, and most certainly love to receive them. The thing about letters is that it's so much nicer to get a handwritten letter than an e-mail. Emails are so impersonal, so generic. "Oh, I'll just shoot you an e-mail." But with a letter, so much more goes into it. You have to have an address, a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp and a pen. I save all the letters I've ever gotten, whether I was away at camp or here at college.
My friends and family write me as much as they can, though I think that they don't love it like I do. It's a shame, but I understand. It is very much a lost art. When honestly was the last time you told your friend you would write them a letter?
Handwritten letters, even notes, always mean more to me than quick e-mails. I've cried tears of joy over receiving a letter from someone who means a lot to me, but I have certainly never shed tears of any sort over an e-mail. The US postal service is having problems, but wouldn't be if more people understood the power of a handwritten letter. I've heard stories about people asking each other out with letters. Everyone wants love letters to show to their children, right? We all long for the days when a kiss meant more that just a casual thing. Those days when "I'll call" meant you would actually call, and call the landline at that. The vintage love in all of us calls for these letters. We should let them out!

- C.S.S.C