Thoughts on Snail Mail & Why it Should Live On

Thursday, October 6, 2016


It is no lie that the days of snail mail are long behind us. Yet, still, we jump up and down and smile at the sight of a small letter in our mailbox. It is then quickly ripped open and our fingers race through the contents like devouring the first piece of cake. Next, if display-worthy, it is carefully taped to our wall among loved photographs and todo lists. While love letters remain the most romantic gesture, what happened to the days of simply writing to friends and family just for the sake of a hello?

Today, I thought I would compile a few reasons as to why the art of the letter should live on. Without further ado,

01 | Captures a Moment in Time

Around the holidays last year, a girl named Carleigh reached out to me commenting that she has followed my blog, Creating A Lovely Life, and Instagram for a while now. After a few emails back and forth, we decided we were true kindred spirits. I suggested becoming pen pals so we could keep up with each other more than just through the picture-perfect perception of the internet. She was immediately up for it and we have been "pen pals" ever since. One of my very favorite things about this practice is looking back on her letters and seeing what has happened in her life, how she has grown, and other small bits of information. While I am an active journal-er, I think it is equally important to share your life in written form to someone else as it is to yourself.

02 | Refreshes Your Addressing Skills

It is sad that less and less people know how to write a proper address on an envelope. Even more so, which side the stamp goes on (the top-right, if you are curious). Though a simple reminder, it is nice to be refreshed on "real life" skills.

03 | The Mere Thought

A sweet text message or phone call takes minimal effort since our phones are our built-in sidekicks, while a hand-written note requires one to go the extra mile. To sit down, think, then write. Though it does seem silly that this is such "effort", this is the world we live in. And, that's okay! The era of the smart-phone and ability to connect with anyone (anywhere, at any time) is beautiful and an easy way to spread joy with each other. Yet, as we move forward in technology, it is a shame to forget the positives of past practices.

04 | Personality in Handwriting

This past spring, I was in a season of writing endless thank you notes. And, while I am very grateful for such generous people in my life, by the 23rd letter I was drained. I could not write "Dear so-in-in, Thank you for the so-in-so, I love it so much..." anymore. Then I took a step back and thought: this is important. I cannot be doing this out of a simple formality, but I should be doing this because not only am I showing my gratitude, but I am showing my personality through a simple handwritten thank you. We all want to be known and valued, and sharing such a small part of you as your handwriting -- no matter if it is neat as a pin, messy, or legitimately kindergarten-level -- is an easy way to do so. 


Who will you write to this week? Grab a cute card (pro tip: buy locally, or better yet- make it yourself!) and write a heartfelt message to your dear friend, roommate, or parent. Do not worry about length-- verbosity is not an indicator of love, mere thought is. 

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3 comments:

  1. Letter writing is so special. I love sending random letters to my friends and surprising them. Have you sent any care packages to your friends?

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing, Miss Cate! This is such a creative post, and you're so right--the written letter is so important. I think I'm going to write a letter to my high school best friend. Have you ever bought stationery at Marshall's? I get lost in those aisles :) Thanks again for sharing <3

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  3. I absolutely love hand-written letters! They're so much fun, and such a sweet surprise and keepsake. :) <3

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