What’s Cursive?

The Lost Art of Handwritten Letters

In a world of technology, twitter, and relationships exclusive to online chatting, I find it saddening that the art of hand writing letters is being forgotten. The cursive I learned in Mrs. Greenwood’s 4th grade class hasn’t improved even close to the beautiful writing of my late great-grandmother’s calligraphy. Isn’t it fun to get a letter in the mail rather than a bill once in a while? The last time I send out thank you cards, I was amazed at the number of people I had to actually ask for their address. Some because I don’t know them well enough to have their address memorized or written down, some because there’s too many cross streets and apartment numbers that change in a New York minute.

Those who sent me their address received a screen shot on my iPhone, and probably have since been deleted until the next round of thank you cards. Why can’t I look in my moms golden edged leather address book for these anymore? Well, probably because it would be weird if she had all my friends addresses in addition to their phone numbers. Nonetheless, physically written lists like this just don’t exist in 2013. If they do exist for you, then props. I know if I try to hang on to a list for more than one day (other than my to-do list at work which usually doesn’t exceed more than one day to complete) it’ll get lost in the pile of other papers laying around.

Whatever happened to sending out handwritten letters? As often as I can think of things to say that’ll still be relevant in the four days it takes to reach her, I send Jazmyn a letter with some goodies. The last one included two nail polishes, a pair of earrings, an eyeshadow, and a coin I found in Meatpacking from Hong Kong to add to her coin collection and an explanation of each item.

She has pen pals here and there, but usually they don’t last more than a few weeks until the other person forgets about it or gets caught up in life.

Write more letters. Don’t get too caught up in life to remember the importance of letting someone know what your handwriting looks like. Even if you happen to be left handed like yours truly, or don’t include all the letters in your written signature, take the time to make someone’s day. Unexpected letters are the best letters.

In addition to Jazmyn’s, I sent my dad a homemade Father’s Day card this week. Fully loaded with hand drawn flowers, a yellow ribbon, and a mess of sequins, because why not. I decided to make the card since I have 100 envelopes that I send my monthly rent check in and some pretty serious unused résumé paper. Cut, draw, write, send.

Think about the last time you sent or received a hand written letter. It’s probably about time to send one. A long distance friend, cousin, and I recently discovered a friend sending a hand written thank you letter after an interview, time permitting. You know that would make you stand out more than putting your 
résumé on pink scented paper.

Make someone’s day. Send a letter.



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