Christmas is over, and I’ve been reminding my girls to write thank you notes for the gifts they received. It seems like a bit of a cumbersome task, done twice each year: at Christmas, and also after birthdays.
But it reminded me of a time when thank you notes were just one of many written communications most of us did — remember when we used to write letters?
Here’s my current stash — whatever will I do with it? We never write letters anymore. But back in the day, oh what a thrill it was to browse the latest Current catalog (now, alas, the home page doesn’t even feature any notepaper at all. Times change).
Beginning in college, I used to write a letter home each week. These were usually written, although sometimes I typed them. And to save paper, I usually wrote on regular paper. Sometimes, I even used the back of used paper to economize even more. “Special” stationery like that shown above was used to write to friends, or for notes slipped into birthday cards or other cards. I also received a letter from home each week. Sometimes, the envelopes would also include a few coupons, or a comic strip my mom had clipped for me. Maybe even a newspaper clipping about a high school friend or something else of interest.
There were notepaper hybrids, like Current’s “Just A Note”. These were pieces of stationery that could be written on, then folded and closed with a gold seal. Voila — notepaper and envelope all in one! I went through several packs of these.
Times change. Phone calls became less expensive (remember holding the phone while calling out anxiously, “Hurry up! It’s LONG DISTANCE!”?), people began to email and then text, and before you know it — we hardly ever write a letter anymore.
Maybe we should. There’s something really special about getting a hand-written letter in the mail.
Do you remember writing letters? Do you ever do it anymore?