The art of handwriting and letter writing is becoming obsolete as we are all using text messaging, email, Twitter, Facebook and other types of social media. I have gathered lots of global friends via my blog, and now consider them to be pen pals, and am excited to be meeting a few of them soon when I travel to the UK. As a child, I had pen pals, and we wrote to each other for years, perhaps why I enjoy ‘talking’ to my blogging friends in the same way!
Wikipedia says; ‘Pen pals (or penpals, pen-pals or pen friends) are people who regularly write to each other, particularly via postal mail.’ It says; ‘A penpal relationship is often used to practice reading and writing in a foreign language, to improve literacy, to learn more about other countries and life-styles, and to make friendships. As with any friendships in life, some people remain penpals for only a short time, while others continue to exchange letters and presents for life. Some penpals eventually arrange to meet face to face; sometimes leading to serious relationships.’
Whilst the definition given above says postal mail is the most used, I believe internet communication has taken over, which is helpful to me, even though I prefer hand written letters. I’ve spent the last couple of months in a rehabilitation unit, referred there by my neurologist to assist with the deficits of dementia. I am having trouble writing due to the acquired dyslexia, and have almost completely reverted to using the computer. The occupational therapist advised me to practice handwriting every day in an effort to see if I can improve it, or at least delay the impairment. I’m not sure it is working, but will keep practising in the same way I work on the other deficits.
As the world changes around us, we all must eventually accommodate the changes. My grandfather disliked change intensely, and when daylight saving came in, he refused to change his wrist watch, which almost drove Nan mad! I cannot imagine how he would cope with todays fast paced changes, and suspect he would continue to post his beautiful hand written letters. I loved and still love receiving hand written cards and letters, and still write the occasional one, which I am told by the recipients they really love receiving.