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The lost art of handwritten notes

Do you recall the last time you sat down and actually wrote a letter by hand and mailed it with a real stamp?

It would seem that in today’s technologically advanced world, handwriting is fast becoming a lost art.  Why write a letter when you can send an e-mail and save a stamp?  Why trot out to the mail box and drop something in, when you can jump on any one of numerous social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, and send an IM to a friend.  Save your energy, right?  Who needs ink when you have qwerty.

I, for one, have horrible penmanship.  Always have had.  In fact, I can remember a time when my Mom told me that if I didn’t print it, she wouldn’t read it because my penmanship was so atrocious.  For years, I printed everything but my signature.  Then, somewhere along the line it became easier to just type everything.  Letters to friends, birthday cards, etc.  If it was from me, you could pretty much guarantee that it was computer generated.  The only thing that was written was my signature. 

Recently, however, I received a hand written note from a friend (thanks, Dina).  It really touched my heart.  She had taken the time out of her busy day to actually sit down and put pen to paper.  Then she put that note in an envelope, sealed it, affixed a stamp, and trotted to the mailbox.  To me, that said that she not only cares about me, but that she values me. 

So, I decided that I wanted to be more intentional about sending handwritten notes.  So, when my friend Darcy was absent from church a few weeks ago, I wrote a card out.  I had the best of intentions, of course.  Poor Darcy never received the card.  So, when I saw her the following week, I had to apologize to her. 

This last weekend, we had a Ladies Tea at our church.  The topic was on Women of Influence.  As each woman spoke and/or sang, I was again reminded of the handwritten note from Dina and how much it really meant to me.  Dina influenced me with that note in that she made me smile  SO, I decided that I would be more intentional about writing notes AND seeing to it that the person actually gets them.  If being more intentional can influence someone’s day, and make them smile, it’s totally worth it, right?

What are you being intentional about this week?

Be blessed,

Virginia

Lady V dZine

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

Comments

  1. Hi Virginia!

    Greetings from Malaysia again! Just want to say thank you for dropping by my blog on my SITS day. You can read the aftermath of my whole day SITting episode

    at this link:
    http://imafulltimemummy.blogspot.com/2010/05/afternath-of-whole-day-sitting.html

    Thank you again and hope to see you back here sometime! 😀

    Warmest Regards,
    Jenny aka I’m a full-time mummy
    (http://imafulltimemummy.blogspot.com/)

    Btw, handwritten letters? That’s how I met my hubby 11 years ago… we became penpal and then couple and now parents 😀
    .-= I’m a full-time mummy´s last blog ..What Were Their Parents Thinking?! =-.

  2. I’m the same way — good intentions but I don’t always follow through.

    Cards. Letters. Phone calls.

    I want to be the friend that takes time out to check up on people — with a phone call or a card — but I always revert back to text messages and Facebook. The quick and the easy.

    🙁
    .-= Rachel — Following In My Shoes´s last blog ..I Wanna Do That! =-.

  3. I gave you a blog award!!!
    http://theonefantastical.com/my-first-ever-blog-award/
    .-= Nina Say´s last blog ..My head hurts… and I am tired of it! =-.