Having my kids hand write cards and letters is important to me. In part, it’s because I was raised living far from friends and family before email, but I think there’s more to it than that.
Writing letters by hand feels different. It takes longer than typing, so you have more time to think about what you want to say. You can add in illustrations, and use fancy pens, paper, and stickers. I bought the super-fine felt tip markers Emma and Johnny are using in Germany the summer I was there researching organ registrations. Organ as in the instrument, with fabulously massive pipes. I loved them as a 20-year-old, and my kids adore them. I can’t believe they still work, eleven years later! It’s also a great way for kids to practice handwriting and spelling, as well as composition and the art of written self-expression.
Best of all, someone gets a pleasant surprise when they open their mailbox – a letter that isn’t about getting you to pay a bill or buy something. In a loved one’s real handwriting!
We send snail mail letters nearly every week to my 19-year-old brother, and he always writes back – complete with illustrations for the kids! What a wonderful way to connect with an uncle who is far away!
Do you send snail mail? Do your kids?