Before emails, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and everything else, people wrote letters. Remember those?

Back in the day when I was in school, I’d pass letters—not just notes—back and forth with friends. All the way through high school, I’d hit up the Sanrio store and cop girly notepads and gel pens and write long, long letters to boys I liked (that I’d never give them) and my girls (about the boys who’d never read them).

During religion class (I went to Catholic school), we’d write letters instead of listening to Father Chris drone on and on about Eucharist and the Saints. Recently, my mother found a box of my things from high school, which included some of the letters. I laughed at how silly I sounded and was a little jealous of my young self who still had the whole world ahead of her.

Letters, traded between friends or across miles with a pen pal, are a lost art. Somewhere between our “get it now” lives and the ease of electronic communication, many forgot how to put pen to paper and just…write.

When was the last time you received a letter in the mail? How did it make you feel?

Clutchettes and Gents…do you still write letters? Why or why not?

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  • Melissa

    A few years ago I spent two months living in the South of France and thought it would be interesting and poetic to write letters to loved ones back home instead of e-mails. Since I didn’t have a phone number where I could be reached, it gave my parents something to look forward to along with a sense of security that I was ok.

  • Nadell

    I certainly do! But only w/ my brothers & sisters in Africa (buddies) that I’ve met on mission trips I’ve taken. We actually e-mail and write letters to one another on occasion. Not so much w/ my friends in state because we send texts and emails – so the writing letters has become obsolete in our relationship.
    It is something I’ve always loved and found sweet! I remember in high school how big of a deal that was for me….love letters, friendship letters — all brings back fond memories!

  • SpecialK

    My grandmother writes me letters and I cherish them. The most recent one contained her bridal photo (my grandparents will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in November) and pictures of my grandfather when he was a young man. I also have a letter that my father wrote me when I was in college telling me how proud he is of me. I cried when I read it and still get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it! I am so touched every time I get a letter. My cousin gave me some stationery for Christmas. I think that’s my cue to pick up a pen…

  • I haven’t a clue the last time I received one! Sad! I would love that! I haven’t written an actual letter in awhile, but I’ve wrote lil notes here and there. I’m a stationary junkie, so the art will never be lost with me…