I did something yesterday for the first time in ages. Something that I used to do on a very regular basis. Something i used to enjoy doing. I wrote a letter! Yes, I actually put pen to paper and wrote on a piece of paper! I am so use to typing letters, sending emails and text messages that it felt really weird penning a letter! Infact my handwriting, which I always thought was very neat and tidy, looked kind of scrawly like I had not written for a while.
It appears I am not alone in this lack of letter writing practice. On last night’s The One Show, the actress Hayley Mills was on saying how she is supporting a campaign to get children to write letters. Apparently according to a recent survey of 1800 children aged between 7 and 14, only 5% of them have ever actually put pen to paper and composed a letter. I think that is such a shame, and just proves that in a world filled with mobile phones and pc’s the art of writing to people has died out.
When I was a child, I used to have penpals – I wrote to a girl in the Cook islands for several years (granted, I have now lost touch). When I moved to Devon aged 12 I wrote to my best friend that I left behind in Berkshire (we are still in touch even if it is now via FB!). I would always write thank you letters and write to my grandparents at least 4 times a year. Do youngsters write love letters anymore? I use to write to my ex boyfriends and would love to receive a letter from my boyfriend at the time, declaring his love for me !!
Even now I still write thank you letters but I must admit they tend to be typed! But I feel the difference is that I know how to write a letter – be it business or personal and I was taught how to do this at school ( is this exercise still carried out for today’s children?). However, sadly it appears that a lot of children today do not know what it is like to send or possible even receive a handwritten letter.
I really hope Burton will learn the art of letter writing when he is older, and he will certainly be encouraged to write thank you letters if nothing else. I support Hayley Mills in trying to get children to have penpals and to write to each other instead of text, msn, email, facebook etc… and I hope she succeeds. However, sadly something tells me that in a world full of such technological methods of communication, which do not require needing to visit a letter box, and enables children to get an instant reply, letter writing will not become popular or catch on 🙁
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