Is Letter Writing a Thing of the Past?

I grew up writing letters.  It was something my whole family did, and more than I even remember.  I am one of six siblings and  we were lucky to all suffer from wanderlust.  The way we justified the gypsy nature of our existence was to write home from wherever we were, to mom and dad and to our siblings.   I have boxes of letters written to me by my sister and four brothers, not to mention my parents.  They are a record of a time when we would sit, reflect and compose a letter from our heart, in an effort to provide the reader with an understanding of ourselves at that moment, knowing that the letter would take some time before it was received and read.  By writing, we felt connected, despite long distances.  It was therapeutic.  And of course, receiving a letter was joyful and not taken lightly.  I would find a favourite spot to sit and read, absorb and remember.  Not long ago, my parents moved from our family home and had to declutter.  My mom, painstakingly, went through all of the old letters that she had stored in boxes and worked out who would most appreciate receiving them.  Any letters that were written by her six children, were returned to the author.  She had letters from her own brothers that she sent to her brother's children, knowing they would enjoy reading them.  It was a very thoughtful act, and one that has stayed with me.  We now all have this amazing record of our own writing at various times in our lives...a true treasure.  

The internet and mobile phones have certainly changed the way we receive and send information.  That transfer is instantaneous and seems to come and go more freely.  There are certainly many positives.  I am in touch with friends from all over the world because of Facebook and Instagram. I can chat to my family and friends over the internet at next to no cost and it is as clear as day.  I love it.    However, despite the incredible wealth of information and instant communication now available to us at our fingertips, I still get a thrill out of receiving a letter in the postbox.

As I sit down to write my Christmas Thank You Cards, I feel grateful that this form of communication still moves me.  As a photographer, I have had some of my images transformed into Greeting Cards...they are available for purchase via my website if you are wanting to make someone's day!!  Go to Greeting Cards...