Or, why I feel just as much, if not more, affection for my pen pals than I do for some friends I see regularly
- •The surprise and joy of receiving mail that is neither junk mail nor addressed to a former resident (nor something I ordered online myself) is a feeling I cherish.
- •More than electronic messages, letters feel personal and thoughtful.
- •Not that I don't appreciate electronic messages. I do. And I would never fault someone for not writing a letter.
- •But knowing that someone sat down and made a conscious choice to put pen to paper, and to address and stamp an envelope for me, especially when they have the option of opening Facebook messenger, gives me warm fuzzies.
- •There is something inherently romantic about letters. And yet I have rarely exchanged love letters. I'd actually rather write to a dear friend and see how poetically the words can flow from a place of friendly affection (devoid of lust, but overflowing with feeling).
- •Since it is a felony to open someone's mail, I somehow feel my secrets are safer in a letter than somewhere on the inerwebs.
- •Especially if I cannot see someone face-to-face, sending them my well wishes on paper gives them a physical reminder that I care.
- •Letters are perfect for deep discussion because there is no expectation of a quick response. Both parties are expected to take their time and reply when they have the mental space to give it serious thought.
- •When I sit down to write a letter, I feel a little bit like a Jane Austen character.