I’ve always been a writer. English class was the best when were in the “creative writing” module, and call me a total dweeb, but I adored vocab lists. I loved being able to look back through my composition notebook, full of those 2-3 minute quick writes we’d do at the beginning of class, just pages and pages of my own handwriting slightly embossing the back of each sheet. I love the sound of a piece of notebook paper that’s been decorated with handwriting- if you listen closely, it’s a more delicate, musical sound than a piece of printer paper. My mom has always had the most dignified handwriting- the kind that should adorn wedding envelopes or love letters. Flourishes, swoops, and the elegant, consistent slant of cursive that I’ve never quite seemed to grasp.
Maybe that love of handwriting is what drew me to Matt- he was so shy when we first began to get to know each other that in order to draw conversation out of him, I’d write questions in the back of my journal and pass it his way. Entire afternoons were spent conversing like this while we’d hang out with friends on Summer Project, and as a result, I have the record of our first conversations. Matt’s always known how much I treasure handwritten notes, so when he’d come down to visit me at Radford, he’s always make sure to hide folded up love notes in the pockets of my various jackets for me to happen upon after he’d left.
Perhaps it’s because, living in the technologically-savvy world we live in, electronic communication is faster, easier, more efficient, and thus taking the time to write something by hand holds more value. Maybe it’s that mail from the postman is so infrequently hand-addressed that seeing my name written with an actual pen is enough to lift my spirits. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because a letter penned by hand says more than whatever the words on the page spell out- to me, it says “I cared enough to find a stamp, envelope, and few minutes of time to write to you.”
By the way, AGP couples- I hope you all know I keep every handwritten note I get from y’all!
What about you all? When was the last time you received something handwritten in the mail?