Yesterday I was going through some of my old Journals when I came across letters exchanged between me & my friend AK from the time when I was in School.
AK moved to Canada along with her family after our class 7. She was a dear friend & continues to be even today. Before she left, we promised each other that we would keep in touch through letters & we would write to each other as often as we can & we did.
Her letters were something I would really really look forward to & would wait for them to arrive each month.
Receiving that letter, reading about her new life was something that would bring such joy to me! It was like having her around through her writing.
Needless to say , I love Handwritten letters & notes. Part of it is also because there has always been a tradition of Handwritten notes in my family.
When I was around 8, I was going away to spend a few days with my grandparents in another town. It was the first time I was going to be away from my parents. My dad had some work & couldn’t be there to see me off. So he sent a tiny Handwritten note with our driver which read, “Take care Monkey”. ( Ok, now I do not want any comments about the monkey part please lolzz ) Moving on..
When my Grandfather was around, every year on birthdays & during festivals, he would put some money in envelopes & would write little notes on them wishing us joy & Happiness. He would then sign it as Papa (All of us called him that) & would give those envelopes to his children & his grandchildren with his blessings. My Grandma does it now.
When I was at University, living away from home, whenever my mom would send something for me through the mail, she would always attach a little note with sweet words. I still have those handwritten notes. They are very very special to me.
My friend Sheetal would write to me when I was at University as well updating me about her life & asking me about mine. I loved receiving her letters & continue to keep them safe
To me a handwritten Letter or note feels like having a part of that person with you. Forever. It holds true especially now that my Grandpa isn’t around anymore.
When I am sending something to a friend or relative that lives far away, I always write a letter to go with it.
This handwritten card/ letter will become a memory that will stay on.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the email is an amazing way to communicate in lightning fast speed but a Handwritten card, a letter, has the human touch,that makes it unique & special.
In this age of technology everything has become really fast, let us slow down for sometime & make time for someone we love. Jot a few lines, share a little everyday story, seal it with love & send it away.
I urge you guys, don’t let the tradition of the Handwritten die. Some old ways need to be kept alive, for our own sake.
This Holiday season send something Handwritten & thoughtful to your loved ones. Make that effort. Pleaseeeeee. Will you??
Let me know your stories about all things ‘Handwritten’. I would love to hear all about it.