The beautiful sentiment and thought put into writing a hand written letter is something that’s unfortunately been lost in this era of technology and virtual communication.
There was once a time, when the internet had just been born, that the idea of receiving an email was incredibly appealing since we would send and receive letters quite often.
However, times have now changed so that we glance over our emails during our busy and rushed days, yet seldom do we receive a heartfelt, ink scribed letter of affection from loved ones.
Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something rather romantic, and familiar, about lifting a pen and scribbling down our thoughts for someone in specific to read.
Be it a family member, a friend, a pen-pal or the person of your affections, there is a deep sense of appreciation between both people upon seeing the personally drawn words of the sender.


A letter holds a lot of emotional power – upon seeing the font of the author, we find ourselves reminiscing over our past encounters. In each letter of every word, there is an emotional fingerprint, a personal form of identification which has the ability to convey the strength of the writer’s feelings – from sadness and loneliness, to joy and hope.
A hand written letter is, in a sense, a form of poetic expression shared between two people. It is an untold story waiting to be read, and the painfully anticipated answers to our mutually shared hopes.


I still remember writing letters to my dear friends who had moved away when I was a young child, and I recall waiting anxiously for their replies (which often came with a small gift depending on the occasion!) I also recall reading the letters that were exchanged between my grandparents and their families across the world, and it was one of those special moments in childhood where you feel transported to a different place, surrounded by different people, when you read about what their lives were like.
As time moves forward, everything really does become more about ‘faster, better, more convenient’. Just one century ago, we’d hear of stories of lovers who were separated by space and time, and yet their loyalty, hopes and love would never diminish – rather, the anticipation of that letter that would take months to arrive would only strengthen their bond.
Compare that to an age where if we don’t receive a reply text from our loved ones, we somehow feel as though they have betrayed us!
Although efficiency is important in this time, it’s also important to slow down sometimes so that we may absorb the true reality of feelings and emotion around us.


I’ve always had a love for writing letters, though I can honestly say that in recent years I haven’t been able to send as many as I would have liked.
As such, I’ve made it a resolution to try to write a heartfelt letter more often, and I’ll look forward to receiving them too!

Why not pick up that pen and start writing your “To’s” and “Dears” as well!?
Best wishes,





4 thoughts on “Ink

  1. Materialising your thoughts and feelings in your own hand-writing (a mirror of your personality), is actually talking to someone through a piece of paper. And in an age where everything is easier through the push of a button; convenient, yet disconnects emotions from the material manifestation of our feelings, writing a letter will always trump any sorta text or voice message.
    On a serious note, I like seeing my handwriting everywhere. Probably the main reason I like writing letters.

  2. When email and SMS first became prominent I noticed a return to the written word that had lapsed in an era of landline and mobiles – I was heartened by the slightly more considered response that these text-based forms of communication bring. As you say, emails are now becoming ‘filtered out’ as one more form of eNoise; ‘if it’s important, they’ll phone’ is a sentiment I have read more than once.
    It is therefore so personal to write snailmail, to commit resources and time to reflect on the message one wishes to convey, rather than dashing off a quick text that takes little time in between appointments, or commitments, or drinks; so much more complimentary to spend real coinage on paper and ink and postage, and so delightful to receive something other than a bill, something that bears the personal hand of its sender, evidence of time spent on your behalf, a compliment of the most tangible kind.

  3. Salam alikom

    I’m glad I’m not the only ‘weirdo’ who enjoys the subtle art of the hand written word! Despite dyslexia and handwriting that looks like a drunken spider crawling across the page I persevere with it to the extent I hand wrote *all* of my novels. The publisher loves me…

    As Mark says there is something about the physical letter that shows you care. You’re also far less likely to write hurtful words you didn’t really mean, something that has been lost in the online world.

    For a constant supply of snail mail I enjoy postcrossing which I will now punt here; . The concept is wonderfully simply; send a postcard and receive one in return.

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