by Sarah Williams from HRM Parent
Facebook, Twitter, iPods and Texting. They have changed the way we communicate, network and stay in touch with our friends and families. Of course on the other side they have significantly changed the way we write. Our sentences are shorter, we use more symbols and our spelling isn’t the same as b4. What would William Shakespeare say if he had to fit a monologue into 140 characters? Would he be worried that we’ve lost the age old art of letter writing?
If so, then fear no longer as Jan 8-14th is Universal Letter Writing week. There’s no better way to keep the art alive than to celebrate along with us this year. I have committed to put pen to paper this week and encourage you to do the same. Write a letter to your son for him to read when he’s older. Write your local MP with those ideas or issues you have. Write a solider. Write the friend you’ve lost touch with. Write your spouse. Write yourself. Just write.
I’m challenging myself to write at least one letter a day this week. I’m going to write my parents and thank them for all they’ve done for me. I’m going to write my 5 year old nephew in Ottawa to say hello, cause we don’t see him nearly enough and he LOVES to get mail. I’m going to write my best friend’s newborn baby to tell him what a great mom he has. I’m going to write my husband…although it won’t be a surprise for him since he’ll read this post before he receives his letter!
I’m still narrowing down my list but hope to get on a roll and write to everyone on it before the week is over. It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be on fancy paper. It doesn’t have to be profound. It just has to come from the heart. The mere fact that you have taken the time to sit down and put pen to paper will mean more than you know to the person you are writing.
Thank-you, I’m Sorry, I Forgive You, I Love You – whatever you want to say and whomever you want to say it to, now is the time. So grab a pen and dig out some paper and let the writing begin! Who knows, you may find you get more out of it than you think, even with just one short note. It’s worth a try, isn’t it?
Happy Letter Writing Week!