Happy Monday, y’all! Did you have a good weekend?
I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while—mostly as a keepsake for me, but also to see if you love writing handwritten letters, too. On this past snowy Saturday morning, I finally got around to going through the special notes I keep under my bed in a tin keepsake box to find several to photograph. (Very Parent Trap, I know.)
Writing handwritten letters, notes, and thank you cards seems to be a lost art among the masses, but many of my friends and I trade handwritten birthday and holiday cards, and I hope it’s an art we’re able to keep alive. I also devote a few minutes every month to drop my 87-year-old Grandma a handwritten note, which over the years, has become a very special bond in our relationship. We both love reading, the Kennedys, reading about the Kennedys, and Downton Abbey, and writing has been a way for us to share these passions.
I don’t really like to talk on the phone, and my Grandma doesn’t email or Facebook, so we started trading letters when I was in college as a way to keep up. Since I no longer lived with my parents, she couldn’t get all the scoop on my life from them, but I still wanted her to hear all my stories from college—okay, well maybe not all my stories—and how my summer internships were shaking up.
When I graduated from college, I kept on writing handwritten letters to my grandma and she kept on writing them back. I love this letter-trading tradition we’ve started. I love finding new stationery to use to write her and receiving a letter from her in the mail after a long day of work.
Even though neither one of us have improved our handwriting through this process, these letters are something I’ll always cherish. I’d love to know if you write any handwritten notes, and if so, to who! x
I love hand writing notes! I send one almost once a week to my grandmother since I know how much they mean to her. I also have a whole box saved from family and friends who have sent me sweet cards over the years.
Yay! I love saving my handwritten notes, too :] It’s such a sweet keepsake.
I love handwritten letters! Right now, I’m currently snowed in and have used the extra time to write thank you notes for Christmas gifts. I think it’s more personal than a text or email.
Yes! You totally should – I love sending handwritten thank you notes!
I write handwritten cards and letters all the time, even though my hand writing is atrocious!
I love handwritten notes! My handwriting is terrible, too.
I absolutely LOVE this, Katie. I’ve been terrible at snail mail but miss it lots. We moved about an hour away from my Nana when I was 7 and we’d write each other postcard notes all the time via mail. She passed away when I was 10. Hearing about the same tradition you have with your grandma makes me so nostalgic + happy to hear.
Thanks so much, Rachel! I need to get better about sending snail mail, too! I love that you had the same tradition with your Nana when she was alive! I am sure she is glad that you look back fondly on it.
I LOVE sending hand written notes and one of my goals for the new year was to send two out a month. 🙂 I already sent out my January letters 🙂
Yay! I am glad I am not the only one into handwritten letters! xo
I love handwriting personal letters! It is so thoughtful and adds such a unique touch 🙂
I could not agree more! xo
That sounds very similar to my relationship with my grandma. I love that our letters will be around forever and I’ll be able to reread them for many years to come.
Aw yay! I am so glad I am not the only one with this tradition. I know I will always cherish these letters from my grandma.
I send handwritten letters to a few people but mainly just on special occasions. My grandma writes me once a month and I try to make sure I send one back.
Aw I love your grandma does this, too :]
There’s nothing better than a handwritten note in your mailbox 🙂 I’m so glad there are other kindred spirits out there
Aw yay! I could not agree more :]
I’m such a sap. I may or may not have teared up reading this … I love that you and your Grandma have this to share. I’m sure she absolutely loves receiving those notes. Grandmas are the best! =)
I am a sap, too! You’re too sweet! xo
These are so incredibly pretty. I love how you and your Grandma do that – that’s amazing. My Mom wrote and my sister and I letters each year until about 18 and I keep them safe and love to read them. One of my goals this year is to send more “snail mail”
Aw! I love that your Mom did that, too! Sending snail mail is the best! x