Who does not get excited when they see a handwritten letter in their mailbox? I mean a real and genuine handwritten letter actually sealed in an envelope with handwriting. Not the prefabricated autotyped envelope with a font that is supposed to look like handwriting. The real deal. You see it sitting among all of the flyers, offers, sales pitches, even those dreadful bills. A letter. It may be a plain white envelope. Or a bright colorful one. No matter the size or color, it has handwriting on it. Real handwriting. Someone took the time to write. On paper. With ink or pencil. You get a tad bit curious and even excited. It is rare to have an actual letter in the mail. People call it “snail mail”. It should be called “timeless” mail. It is harder to lose. You cannot delete it and then regret that you do not have those words forever. There really is something to be said of a box of old letters. You see small boxes or ribbon wrapped collections in movies, usually dating to an older war. How many children today have a box of real handwritten letters stowed away in their attics? How many will have them in the years to come? When real letters are written, and kept, they become a story. A part of someone’s history. A snapshot in time. Something of a legacy to hand down to the next generation. What is there really to hand down with emails? Many of the younger generation do not really know the fine art of letter writing and the gift of receiving them. How terrible to let such an honorable tradition fall by the wayside. Letter writing should be revived. Maybe if everyone of us wrote one letter to a friend or loved one, we could show the younger generations the beauty of writing a letter and the wonder of receiving one. Maybe if I write one letter a week (if I can write several posts a week, surely I can handwrite one letter for the mail), I can inspire someone else to write a letter. I can show my loved ones and friends more of me and where I am at on this journey of mine and help start a letter writing revival. I wonder what would happen if every blogger on the internet wrote just one letter. A more creative alternative for the environmentally aware would be to use paint pens on solid colored fabric. A small group of friends, a couple, or a family could send short letters on cloth squares to each other over time and then all of the “letter” squares could be sewn together into a quilt. How beautiful would that quilt be?! One of my favorite quilts is one with old clean t-shirt squares used to illustrate and write favorite analogies from a book study. A quilt with stitched stories between family members, groups of friends, a couple would be timeless. Imagine the impact. Stop and think about someone who has never received a handwritten letter. Or someone that has not received one in a very long time. Would it not be amazing to be a part of that gift?