Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Art of a Handwritten Note

Born in the 70s and being a child of the 80s and 90s meant that I hand wrote thank you cards, letters, birthday cards, etc. Growing up, my grandmother lived in New York and I lived in Florida. Every week I received a handwritten letter or card from my Grammie (as we affectionately called her). She'd ramble on for one or two pages about everything she had done that week and the "scandals" going on in the family. I would sit down and hand write a letter back to her (maybe not once a week, but as often as it struck me to do so). When my grandmother died, I was an adult, but we were still handwriting letters back and forth before she passed away. I even wrote a last letter to her that I read at the funeral and placed in her casket.

With the invention of computers (which I love), many have lost the sense of what a handwritten note, letter, or card can do for someone. It's not the same to receive an electronic greeting card. Maybe it's knowing that someone loves and cares about you enough to sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and jot down their thoughts. The invention of the computer has met many of our needs, but our emotional needs are still best met with a handwritten note from our family and friends.