The Art of the Handwritten Note

by Amanda Stewart

I’m a snail mail enthusiast. I love letters: writing them and receiving them. I love little notes and not too many things make me happier than post-its or cute stationery.

The thought of handwritten notes completely being replaced by a text message, a Facebook post, or an email makes me sad. I think that when something is handwritten, the connection and thoughtfulness speaks more loudly than when something is typed.

I saw a Facebook post from a friend the other day. She posted a picture of a box of handwritten notes from junior high and expressed her sadness when she realized her children will never have a box of notes like this someday; all their notes will be lost (or preserved forever) in cyberspace.

This broke my heart a little bit. There are boxes and boxes of notes from my middle school/early high school years still in my parents’ basement somewhere. Those notes were how many of my early friendships were built. I will always believe that there is something about relationship building to putting a pen to paper, folding it like a football, and passing it through a few people to it’s intended receiver.

I challenge you this month to write a few more notes. Mail a few holiday cards. Leave one for your partner in a surprise location. Stick one onto a coworker’s computer, just to say hi. Mail one to an old friend you lost touch with. Write a note to yourself reminding you how amazing you are and tape it to your mirror. Find a penpal.

When’s the last time you received a handwritten note? How did it make you feel?

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