The art of letter writing

December 21, 2009

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  • Reply Pippa December 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Wow, what a great post! I write letters, I send a postcard to my Nan every month and I write letters to the children for in a box for when they are grown…. Maybe I shall start writing to you too!

  • Reply cartside December 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I loved having penpals. I even wrote hundreds of pages of a sort of diary to my best pal when she was on holiday – to keep her up to date of what was happening. Little wonder I'm now blogging come to think of it.

  • Reply Ang (A Mum's Survival Guide) December 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I did the teletext thing when I was young. Met some great friends. Nice post.

  • Reply Juicytots December 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I had an Australian penpal who I got through the fan club of a pop group I liked! My parents were none too impressed at her telephoning once at 4am.
    My grandad writes letters and has gorgeous, neat, old fashioned writing. I always make an effort to write back to him. My mum is also one for writing letters, she wrote me one to keep when I left home and I still have it now.

  • Reply Bec December 21, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Yup, still write thankyou cards at xmas and birthdays, i love the old fashioned quaintness of it and will definately instil the importance of it to Monty. If he listens!!

  • Reply WrightStuff December 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I went one step further and joined a penpal agency – I started with around 5 and ended up with one regular correspondent in Australia! We've lost touch now though which is a shame. I still write longhand but it is mainly lists! Not just boring shopping lists but 'to do' and creative lists! A fading art…

  • Reply Sandy Calico December 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

    My mum writes me a letter every week (she lives Down Under) and I love receiving it. I phone her every week and tell her my news, perhaps I should make the effort to write to her once in a while! Great post x

  • Reply Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? December 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I used to write letters too. I had a German penpal and remember the excitement when I got a letter.

    Sadly, other than thank you letters from the children I no longer do much writing!

  • Reply Muddling Along Mummy January 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I love receiving letters and writing them – have just done our thank you letters (and am a touch narked to receive most of our thank yous via email … call me a luddite !)

  • Reply A Modern Mother January 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Sadly, no. But I write tons of emails!

  • Reply Jen January 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Loved the inventiveness of this post! I briefly had a penpal from Southeast Asia – can't remember what country. It was fun but the letters I really miss are the notes we kids used to pass each other at school. I did have a brief period of writing to a friend who lived in Japan when I was too poor to phone her. They're fantastic, although I spent a bit too much time talking about the guys I liked.

  • Reply miss leslieanne January 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Just found this through your TELEGRAPH link! WooHoo! So chuffed for you hun 🙂

    And I totally agree – I love emails and twitter and the like, but there's just no substitute for a 'proper' letter with a stamp and everything landing on the doormat 🙂

    And I absolutely agree about thank you cards – I made & sent 50 cards when Dylan was born – a labour of love, but totally worth it 🙂

    I used to have dozens of penpals when I was younger, and am still in touch with maybe 10? So I don't do it as much as I should, but yes, I'm still very much a letter writer – long live snail mail 🙂

  • Reply dadwhowrites January 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I write quite a lot with a pen and paper – I'll do first drafts by hand fairly regularly. And I never go anywhere, despite my iPhone, without my current notebook (I have a shelf full by now, very few of them full up – there just comes a time when its time for a new notebook…)

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