Bringing Correspondence Back

by Mindy Lockard on September 10, 2009

bringing-writing-backTy’s parents are gone for the month.  We miss them because they are wonderful people and because they are hands-down our best babysitters!  Today two letters arrived in the mail, one for each girl.  The short letters shared tales of their adventures and sweet sentiments of missing us.

The girls without a poke, prod, or firm suggestion got out their personal stationery and with their very best simple sentence structure, limited vocabulary, and pictures were responding to the letter the best way they knew how. They didn’t worry about the notes being perfect, they simply wanted to respond.


Yes, we could have saved time and money by sending over an e-mail, picking up our cell phones or skyping.  All of which we can do.  But instead we shared a longstanding tradition: pen to paper and heart to heart!

Some say the handwritten note and letter is a dying art.  To save this beautiful gesture from a life of extension, I ask you to join me. Here’s how. The next time you have the urge to send an e-mail telling someone how much they mean to you or just to say “hi”, get out your stationery instead. Trust me, not only will you pleasantly surprise the recipient, you may even surprise yourself with how beautiful it feels to extend such a gracious act. Truly.  If you should need help, I’m on my way armed with a gracious living defibrillator and a few Justin Timberlake moves ready to bring correspondence back!!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Newlywed 09.11.09 at 5:06 am

Oh I am SO glad you had them write!

I try to write three personal notes every Sunday afternoon to be delivered to various friends and family by the lovely postman [or postwoman]. My parents always told us that handwritten notes are the most important thing you can do for someone, and that has really stuck with me.

I am sure your in laws love getting the notes from the girls!

Cita Online 09.11.09 at 9:23 am

Agreed – I love writing and receiving letters! The challenge in the 21st century is addresses, especially considering how frequently people move from one home to another. I’m finding this to be a real challenge as I gather addresses for my wedding invitations… I don’t even know the mailing addresses of my closest friends!

shelley weiskind 09.11.09 at 12:34 pm

My kids got letters today too from grandma aka Noni…along with a dollar bill in each envelpoe. They were so excited to see something in the mailbox that was just for them…little things like that make a big difference.

The Consummate Hostess 09.11.09 at 4:35 pm

Mindy, I love this post. You have passed on to your daughters the importance of communicating via a hand written letter, what a lovely tradition. I am a big fan of getting letters, often my favorite time of day is checking the mailbox to see what treasures might greet me and then taking the time to write treasure myself to be sent. The art of a well written note is a great thing indeed. Wishing you and your family a delightful weekend.

Elizabeth Cottrell 09.12.09 at 6:37 pm

This is a great post, Mindy, and reminds us that we can’t just wait until we’ve got time to write a note…we have to MAKE time. I feel so strongly about the importance of handwritten notes that I’ve started an open Facebook group called Revive the art of personal note-writing! ( You’re doing a wonderful thing to instill this in your children while they’re young.

Rebecca 10.04.09 at 10:26 am

I love the little note and that you encouraged such a beautiful gesture in a little one. I’ve had my daughters writing notes to friends and family since they could write their first words and I’d like to believe that will carry into their adult lives.
Loved this!

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