PRECIOUS MEMORIES | THE LOST ART OF WRITING LETTERS

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

It’s not art but it’s artful.

When was the last time you wrote a letter? Pen to paper, creating keepsakes that begin with dear you, or a casual hiya, or simply an I’ve missed you..

It’s not complicated but it’s truthful.

There’s something so precious and nostalgic about writing a letter, taking your time to calligraph, to make it pretty – or not, when you just need to share something with a special one, a piece of information that’s too important to waste time on calligraphy, and too personal to be shared in an e-mail.

It’s touching and it’s wistful.

I still write letters. Not as often as I would like to, but I still do.  To my pen-friend in Czech Republic who after all these decades is more like a sister to me, quick unpolished drafts that she’ll know how to unscramble in order to come up with a very realistic solution to my never-ending troubles.

I still write (even though I haven’t for the longest time, regretfully so) to my beloved friend in the states, to talk about aspirations and inspirations, to discuss life and to indulge in the luxurious feeling that someone out there gets me without even having to explain.

I still and always will write in capital letters to my blood brother back in my home-town, not shouting but simply because it’s easier for him to read my impossible hand writing in capital letters without getting a headache. But then again, I always gave him headaches, so that’s that. We’ll discuss politics and religions and relationships and all the untouchable topics you only share with your chosen family. Because you know that even if you disagree, you’ll still be family and nothing can break those bonds.

It’s not practical but its faithful.

And I keep all their letters, carefully tucked into a box, torn apart, old and yellowish, infused with memories, tears of joy or sorrow, promises and reminders that this too shall pass, congratulations on small daily achievements and inspiration to keep going. It’s undescribable, remembering the impatience, when waiting for the other person to write back with answers to your questions, with a smile carved in ink to make you feel better and with a witty joke to lighten up everything from miles away.

It’s engaging and suspenseful.

These are the memories I cherish the most. Like precious gems.

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Comments: 73

  1. It’s been a long time that I have written a letter to a dear person, it was 7 years ago I guess when me and my fiancé (husband no) was in a long distance relationship. I remembered he sent me a jewerly as well, a bracelet and I was so happy. Would love to send one to my mom for christmas.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Ah! Love letters! So romanticful 😉 I bet you mom would love a piece of jewellery for the holidays! Who wouln’t?

  2. I love letters and will always do. I do write a lot till i started going technological.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Also guilty of that, but I do try my best!

  3. God…i still remember the.last tine i send and receive a letter…i miss those times so much. I wish to have somebody to still send letters and appreciate it. It’s so romantic and special.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      So special indeed! Memories that stay with you forever!

  4. I used to have a few penpals. This post has inspired me to try and re-establish some of those connections. Great read!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hi there! I’m so happy to have inspired you to give it another go! Let me know how it goes! Hugs!

  5. This is timeless and I love it. Hand-written letters are a lost form, but I’ve recently gotten my daughter into writing letters to her cousin. I’m trying to find new penpals myself. I love this!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      That’s brilliant Robyn! Does she love it? As for you, I’m sure there are websites where you can register and connect with potential pen friends! This is how I ‘met’ my penfriends -given that this was a decades ago 😉

  6. Patty Hancock says:

    I still love to write letters. Its a wonderful way to express yourself and a creative outlet. Technology has made things so impersonal.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I could’t agree more Patty! There’s nothing like a good oldschool handwritten letter!

  7. Christie says:

    Beautiful imagery!

    I still write letters to one of my friends. I remember when I was in Highschool Letter Books were all the range. you would have 3-4 people that shared a notebook and write letters to each other. It would stay in the hands of 1 person per week and you got to get creative and write in there than hand it over! It was awesome X

    http://www.christieelizabethdesign.com

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      What an awesome concept! Let’s bring that back!

  8. Dominique N'Guessan says:

    Awesome content. Keep up good work

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Dominique!

  9. Sandra says:

    I could not agree more! We just hand writ’s thank you cards for our wedding for over 130 guests and I know it made a big difference. These days everyone expect something typed and standard.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Let’s change that, shall we? Here’s to a hand written 2018!

  10. I could not agree more! I miss writing letters too..

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      We are on the same (hand written)page Helen!

  11. I was just thinking today about how it’d be wonderful to have a pen pal! I save almost all of the cards and letters I receive. It’s fun to look back at them and feel cherished that someone would take the time to send them to me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Very true! I have a box full of cards and letters that never fails to cheer me up Measha!

  12. I have always made it a point to often send handwritten letters to friends, co-workers and even family members. With the advent of internet and texting, it seems that letter writing has been reduced to an quick email or even 140 characters… people are always so happy to receive a note in their mailbox, and this brings them such joy. Thanks for your post. We need to keep this tradition alive.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      So true Sylvie! Thank you for stopping by!

  13. This is so true! I cannot think how long it has been since I actually sat down and wrote a letter. It is much more meaningful and will be doing this in the new year for sure 🙂 x

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      That’s a fantastic new years resolution Melanie!

  14. The last time I wrote a letter it was too my current boyfriend, in 2012. We loved writing each other letters and I would get so excited every time I received his letter in the mail. I haven’t written a letter since but I think it would be fun to write my daughters letters that they can read one day when they get older!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      That is actually a brilliant idea! Like a letter capsule for them!

  15. thanks for sharing
    It`s sad that the computers have taken over that we no longer feel the need to write letters, just recently, a friend told me she don’t even remember how her hand writing looks like.
    I still enjoy writing a real leter to my mum.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Maybe a helthy combination of both emails and hand written letters is the way to go 🙂 How lovely of you to still write to your mother!

  16. Heidi Roland says:

    I am about to write some letters!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yay! Brilliant!

  17. Such a gorgeous and well written post! Hand written letters are definitely a lost art and this post is making me want to write one right now 🙂

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Shannon! I hope that I have inspired you to drop a few lines to a loved one!

  18. I think letter writing began its decline when email became the big thing. I’m like you though! I think writing a letter is so endearing! I also happen to love to Crane stationery and have written many a love letter on it. Wish everyone would get back to handwritten correspondence!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Oh, the stationary addiction! Don’t even get me started! <3

  19. Jana says:

    I absolutely love the jewelry pieces and the reminder of how special it was writing letters. I remember years ago when I lived in Paris, I used to write super long letters with my girlfriends and it was the best thing ever. Thank you for sharing this.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Paris and letters, yes please I’m sold!

  20. This really looks special and unique! I would love to incorporate this into some of my presents in the near future. 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      They are truly amazing! So well made and of high quality!

  21. Anna says:

    This was a great read! Makes me want to write a letter to a loved one.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yes! Let’s do it! Start writing!

  22. When I was younger I had a friend with whom we used to write letters back and forth. We had the telephone, but found it more fun to write letters back and forth and found it more meaningful.

  23. Oh wow these jewellery pieces are so gorgeous and beautifully designed – love them! Also your coat is amazing btw

    Laura x

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Laura! They are fab arent they? I wear these every single day!

  24. I love letters! Giving and receiving them. I try my best to send them periodically throughout the year. Also, the jewelry pieces are gorgeous.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by! I love seeing you on the Chelfdom! I do try my best as well to write as many letters as possible.Sometimes life gets in the way but I do try to be consistent! I’m so glad you liked the jewellery, they are a new favorite for me!

  25. The most gorgeous jewelry! As for snail mail, I always wish I got letters more often. I think there’s something so special about someone’s handwriting. Handwriting reveals a lot about a person, so it’s very vulnerable and very real.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      They are briliant aren’t they? Perfect for minimalists like mychelf. And yes! You can tell so much about someone from their handwriting Haley!

  26. I love to write letters as well. I feel they have more meaning than an email or a WhatsApp message. Great one!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Indeed! Definitely more personaland meaningful than an email or text!

  27. Writing letters is always more emotional, more connected, more honest, I love writing letters . Loved your post!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Sonali!

  28. Natalie says:

    I do miss writing letters and agree that there is something truly heartfelt and whimsical about it. As much as I enjoy the benefits of technology, I wish we could go back a little bit!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I feel ya Natalie! Technology is great and all but a few handwritten lines are so heartfelt!

  29. Sophie says:

    I love writing and receiving postcards, this reminds me that I can do so without going on holiday.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Who doesn’t love a beautiful postcard!

  30. Sandra says:

    I feel the same about postcards. It’s such a gorgeous thing to give and receive!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I couldn’t agree more Sandra!

  31. I do think letters can be so very cool and personal. I could definltey up my letter writing game. I think there is something beautiful you convey that way, more than anything else.

  32. Dannii says:

    It really is almost art, isn’t it. That’s why j always like to send people post cards. It’s nice to get mail that isn’t bills.

  33. Letters are the still the best way to write feelings. No wonder we use more of our phones and computers to send messages, but nothing can beat the feel of writing on a paper. Old and Classic. Loved the way you wrote your feelings here. Good Read and Nice pictures as well.
    🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Rahul!

  34. Blair villanueva says:

    Me and my Amore still write letters to each other. We tend to express our feelings more through writing, and we feel its more honest than texting. I love it!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      That’s the coolest thing ever Blair!

  35. suchi says:

    I love letters and will always do, Used to write a lot when i was a kid, but sadly, now emails & text messages have completely taken over

  36. Ola says:

    My goodness Chelf, this was so beautifully written! And your photos are captivating. I am one who indulges in the art of letter writing quite often. So I understood and felt every word here.

    And what a beautiful introduction to Ease. The collection is simple, thoughtful and artistic- just like a handwritten letter. Well done Luv.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hi Ola! Thank you so much for the kind words! You never fail to make me smile 🙂

  37. I used to love letter writing, nowadays with e-cards and video messaging we have lost this fine letter writing art to blogging. Thanks for reminding us what a art form letter writing us, love the way you assembled this article. Beautiful x

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Stephen!

  38. hi Chelf
    I loved writing letters to penpals as a teen when I lived in Jamaica. Now I only correspond that way with my penpal from Holland. We have since met face to face 3 times now. She feels like my sister. And yes, we have snuck odd bits of stuff to each other now and again. When I go away on holiday I always send her a card and she does the same for me. I love it. Thanks

  39. I love this idea, and I’ve got a serious love for all that is tangible in this digital age, and that definitely includes letter writing and all that jazz.

  40. What a great Idea! I haven’t written a letter in such a long time, but I used to enjoy doing it when I was younger.

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