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Memories from Handwritten Letters
I admit it. I am a bit of a pack rat. I keep things. Vintage finds are my favorite, and I particularly like old handwritten letters, postcards, and photos. Recently, I came across a small pile of old postcards that had been dropped somewhere long ago. I decided to take a moment and sift through them. Immediately, I was flooded with memories of friends, past work colleagues and best of all, my sweet Nana and Pop-pop who wrote me many postcards when I was a child. Truth be told, my Nana wrote almost all of the cards but I did find one that Pop-pop wrote while Nana was staying with us after the birth of my little sister. I guess he was missing Nana.
Do you still write letters or send cards to family and friends? I try but it is one of the things I would like to be more regular about. Before we had other means of communication, letter writing was the chief means of sharing news. My Grandparents were born at the turn of the century. The 20th century. Electric lights were not taken for granted. The telephone, once it was in most homes, was costly to use. I remember my Nana setting a timer when she would make a long distance call. Over three minutes and you paid more! Now we talk globally and email in the blink of an eye. My Mom was their only child and she lived 6 hours away. Written letters were my mom’s connection to her parents when my sister and I were small. These priceless postcards from my Nana were her way of letting me know they loved me and missed me. I don’t remember how I felt when I received these cards. I like to imagine that I felt happy and special, like I do today when I receive a letter from a friend. I do know that from an early age, my mom insisted that my sister and I respond to these postcards with a written note. I probably didn’t like that but now I am glad that I was taught proper letter writing etiquette. I passed this lesson on to our children although I do remember it being a hard task for some of them to get done.
In addition to letter writing being good for the soul, handwriting is good for your brain. Writing by hand engages the brain in a different way and there is preliminary evidence that it may help with early onset dementia type illness. (source : Wall Street Journal )
Another thought I had when looking through the cards, was that they were well made cards and my Nana must have had a good quality pen. The ink is still extremely clear and while aged, the cards are not faded. Did you know that people used to send post cards quite often? Letters cost more to mail and with the written message being the quickest way to share news, postcards were less expensive to mail. This saved the household budget quite a bit over the course of a year.
“Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Here’s a few more quotes on this subject that you may enjoy.
My vintage postcards hold many memories of time spent with my grandparents, both in person and through our correspondence. Nana would save every letter and postcard she received from her friends who were traveling and when we visited, I was allowed to enjoy the postcards too. They sat in a letter holder right by the kitchen table. Sweet memories. Do you have any handwritten letters or postcards that you treasure? Would love to hear about your treasures in the comments.
Until next time, Make a Memory!
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