The Lost Art of Letter Writing

19 Jan

I have a crazy idea.

For a few minutes, close Facebook, stop tweeting, texting and emailing and sit down and write someone you care about a proper handwritten note. Then seal it lovingly in an envelope, locate your local post office, pay a few cents for a stamp, stick it on and drop it in the mailbox. The extra effort will be well-appreciated when they receive a nice bit of mail the next day. And maybe you’ll get one in return.

When I was a teenager, I had pen pals. They were in New Zealand, Nigeria and Kenya. Of course there was no Facebook. We wrote to each other – not Word document print-outs, but with colored pens and cute stickers. We put little “treasures” in the envelopes with our letters – photographs of our families, pieces we cut out of magazines, a few coins of our own currencies. It was something to look forward to but letter writing is sadly a lost art now.

So maybe it was silly of me to create greeting cards for my Photo Larks shop on Etsy, but I’d like to think it will be a little nudge of encouragement to pick up that pen again.

Here are the designs available so far, but any of the photos in the shop can be turned into cards, so if there’s something you’d like to see, just say the word. Click on the photos for more information or to order some for a rainy day that you feel like brightening up someone else’s.

Have a lovely Thursday!

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