P.S. I Love You
Preserving the lost art of letter writing.
Well, she wrote me a letter
Said she couldn't live without me no more
Listen, mister, can't you see I got to get back
To my baby once more? —The Box Tops, “The Letter”
In the ‘60s, the radio was blaring with mentions of the sincerest form of expression, the letter. Back then, “Mr. Postman” was a godlike figure, a savior who arrived at your door to validate your very existence. Letter writing has since been eclipsed by tapping out abbreviated blurts on tiny backlit screens and then waiting impatiently for a yellow cartoon face to appear.
What if, instead of playing digital ping-pong all day long, you sat and took a few minutes to let your thoughts soak into paper with real ink from a real pen? You might just revive the idea that, despite its snail’s pace, a letter is an urgent thing indeed.
Unlike ephemeral texts and emails and Snapchats, a letter is a treasure. It is deliberate and full of thought. It instills importance in its contents and in its receiver. When you write things out in longhand, you tend to be more careful with your words. You might write the same letter several times, to get the message just right, or you might never send it at all. Should you decide to go ahead with it, you would take your time printing the address on the envelope and choosing the right stamp. You would seal that letter with love.
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