Stream of Consciousness Saturday – letter

Linda Hill  on Saturday gives us a writing prompt and we just write. No over thinking just what the prompt means to you. Check her out for more details and other prompts.

This week the writing prompt is letter.

The first thing that popped into my head when I read the prompt was Sunday afternoons growing up and watching my mother sit at our kitchen table (current linoleum chrome desk I’m typing on) and write her sister out west.

They had lived apart over sixty years. This was when flying to visit wasn’t as easy as it is today. You only phoned if it was an emergency. Every Sunday my mother would sit down and write her sister what was going on that week.  My aunt wrote more often, so my mother might have received two letters during the week to answer. This was constant for over sixty years.

Do you think we are missing something not writing letters? Is there a connection that is lost or not expressed? Is email the same? The phone?

I would love to know your thoughts. I enjoy sending snail mail, but mostly notes not letters. These letters were always two pages written on both sides.

PS when my mother could no longer write her letters. I did. It was honour.

You can always start now!

 

 

29 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday – letter

  1. Melissa ❤️🙂🌴 says:

    I love receiving and writing letters (I also have a thing for postcards). That’s why I had loads of penpals. If you compiled your mom’s letters into a book I’d buy it. I love books like that. They provide such great insight into life and culture across a period of time. This was a lovely post. I feel like I could try this prompt (I sometimes do Linda’s One-Liner Wednesdays). 🙂

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    • Amelia says:

      Mom ripped up her letters after she answered them. But it would have been a lovely keepsake. When I read Linda’s prompt that is the first thing that came into my head – the picture of mom at the table. Do the prompt it is still Saturday!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  2. hotmessmemoir says:

    I used to wait for the mail man every day as I had like 15 pen pals. Now I dread the mail and have little piles of unopened bills and etc. I do think we lose something with not writing anymore but we gain something with the instant info from email and using social media. I don’t know, I guess there is a good and bad with it all. I can’t believe they wrote for 60 years? OMG! That’s incredible!

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    • Amelia says:

      I don’t think we will return to handwritten letters but I think we are returning to snail mail in the form of cards and notes. I think the scrapbooking and making cards is helping here!

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  3. angelanoelauthor says:

    Oh, I LOVE this. My favorite part is the very end where you wrote the letters for your mom. I also wonder if we have sacrificed something essential by not committing to writing letters anymore. The time it takes to compose words on paper, where it’s not easy to just hit backspace, where thought needs to go into the words before they arrive on the page, this is time well spent methinks.
    I know there are some movements out there to write letters to strangers, called “More Love Letters.” I think that’s an excellent idea.I don’t talk to my own sister much. We don’t have a lot in common. But, maybe through letters we would? Won’t know unless I try. Your story about your mom definitely has me wondering.

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    • Amelia says:

      I agree about composing the letter. You (or at least me) have to stop and think how do I want to express that thought. I think you have to slow down to write a letter more than banging out an email and hitting send. Slowing down is not a bad idea – to just sit. My sister is 10 years older than me and moved out west when I was 10 so writing letters was big for us. How about starting by send a pretty card or note to you sister? Remember we are working at “no regrets” or at least cutting them down. Not writing to my aunt would have been a major regret for me.

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  4. Ritu says:

    So love tgat you carried the letters on for your mum. You know my thoughts. I definitely think we’re missing a trick with hardly any letters being written and sent at the moment!

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    • Amelia says:

      When I receive a letter/card in the mail I am happy. Someone took the time to think of me and drop me a note. Maybe people don’t realize how easy it is to make someone’s day by writing a note and mailing. Everyone is too busy, rush, rush. It would be good to slow down and just write. I’m ranting to the converted!

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  5. englishwithkirsty says:

    I think that’s amazing that they were so committed to keeping in touch. My visual impairment means that I can’t read handwritten letters myself, so for me, email is more valuable because I can read it independently. But I understand why others get so excited about handwritten letters and cards. We have so many ways of keeping in touch now. On one hand it’s never been easier, but on the other hand it can make us lazy and not take the time to write something meaningful.

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    • Amelia says:

      I understand your point with the visual impairment. Relationships, all of them, take effort and touching base via email, phone, letter and wow in person is essential. I like to collect blank cards that make me smile. For me that is also part of the enjoyment. Thanks for stopping by I love our blogging community and how we support and touch base with each other.

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  6. anhistorianabouttown says:

    This might sound dumb, but I would send more letter (vs smaller cards) if I could readily find affordable stationery. I find that choosing the card or the paper for the individual is as important to me as writing, but actually locating stationery is near impossible! I do love writing cards, though, even though I get many strange looks for doing so!

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    • Amelia says:

      We have a shop here that carries stationery. You are right it is the paper that is hard to get a hold of. Cards easier as individual crafters are making lovely ones. If I write a letter I want it to be worthwhile – I mean at least two pages that you can get into. We have to keep writing letters and card and mail as I think it makes a difference to someone day.

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  7. ellenbest24 says:

    I still send letters, I often wish I received a few. Letters are special like postcards and greeting cards. Piles of beribboned bundles stored away for us to peruse and drip tears upon … one day those we leave behind will know the power of the pen. *sighs* I so wish i had some to leave …

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    • Amelia says:

      I get sad when I think of all my aunt’s and mother’s letter they ripped up when answered. Just not thinking they were special. You could write yourself letters of what you are doing and thinking – a diary to leave behind. Include books you are reading, restaurants, events and thoughts. Might be worth considering.

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