Do you still write? I mean, hand write a letter, in cursive, to the ones you love?
I have to admit, I cheated. I once wrote a letter to a family member, using the handwriting font I had installed from a disc of 500 'FANTASTIC' fonts.
A long time back I used to get handwritten letters from my mother when I was at a trade school in Waco. I was living in a dorm with other students, taking coursed in refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics and repair. Every weekend, my mother would write me a letter and send me 20 dollars and some items like extra shirt and a few books to read. I wrote back. At that time, back in 1975, after high school graduation, I didn't have a laptop or a tablet. In fact, those were not available at the time for most people on average.
Lately I do not write letters by hand at all. I do write, notes in my pocket spiral and regular spiral notebooks. But I stopped writing by hand any kind of letters to people in the family. They all would seem to rather text me on Facebook. I kind of miss had written letters. They were more solid. They were more personal and private. You know what I mean?
The times have changed. I am lucky to have lived back then, in an age when things were more down to earth and more basic, like a knock at my door or the sound of a telephone ringing. These have been taken over by the latest gadgets. Once in a while I think about writing a letter, by hand.
The typewriter was my mother's favorite instrument. She had a mechanical typewriter. She was always typing out stories and poems to submit to publishers. She was a book worm also. She was also a letter writer. When it came to writing letters to her sisters and brothers and children, she wrote using pen and paper. When I got post cards from a friend or a relative, it was always hand written. Those were good things to me. I saved many of the post cards my grandmother Porter, wrote as she had sold land for a commercial retail developer and she managed to get pretty rich by doing that. So much so that when she had reached her 60's, she started traveling all over the world and she would send my mother a post card from practically every place she visited.
There is something nostalgic about a handwritten letter. I think hand written letters and note taking has become more or less obsolete these days, what with all the cell phones and tablets people are now basically dependent on or emotionally attached. When I write a letter using a handwritten type of font, it seems so fake. But at least a person can actually read it. If I try to write by hand now, it would look like someone wrote it while in the back of a truck going 80 on a winding dirt road.
So, with the timely advent of texting, aka text messaging, the basic sentence has often been reduced to using only a few letters or acronyms to convey a thought. Here is one for you to examine. R U O K? i R ok. but I don't get it. R we so lazy as 2 do this ? Here is a link to a fine example of what the modern age has led us all to in writing messages to one another on our gadgets... SMART WORDS of the English texting age.
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