Do you write letters anymore?Â I mean honest-to-goodness letters on paper, that you put into an envelope and send with a stamp?
I’ve been thinking about this lately, becauseÂ I’m reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. As many of you know, it’s a novel told in letters.Â (It’s also UTTERLY delightful, and I recommend reading it, even though it took me about a week to learn the title.)
Unlike the charming characters in the book, most of my communication these days takes place by email. Â Â I write letters by hands less and less frequently these days.Â Usually, when I do, they are either 1) thank -you notes or 2) epistles to my friend in Paris.Â Those missives are pretty infrequent, though, which is totally my fault; it takes a certain amount of energy for me to scour off my rusty French and write her.
But I love it when I get a letter in the mail.Â It’s so tangible and timeless.Â It makes me feel special, as if the person sending it feels I am worthy of the effort involved in finding stationery, looking up my address, and affixing a stamp.Â It IS different from electronic communication, in lots of ways.Â Gosh, there’s so much more to say about this.Â I think I feel an article coming on.
But I’m curious about your written communication habits, too.Â Do you write letters anymore?Â If not, why not?Â And do you ever miss them?