Blogging, handwriting and Pen Pals

penpalsThe 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.

10 thoughts on “Blogging, handwriting and Pen Pals

  1. Wow, i didn’t even though that were “pen pals” Kate. This is very fascinating and i don’t have any pen pals, yet. Yes, the art of writing is becoming obsolete. I literally never write letters, as my handwriting is terrible, but hopefully one day i will have a “pen pal”. Enjoy writing with them Kate😊


      • Very true, Kate-but we do communicate by blog though so that is some form of communication i say!It is fabulous fun and i am sure we will meet up this year or next!Are you coming to Auckland this year for the conference? If so, When?


      • Sure is! I just thought you were by the way of your post but my brain wasn’t working LOL! Nice some of your friends will be there though-hope they enjoy it!😊


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  3. I was shocked recently when I tried to write something a bit longer than a few lines ….. my hand was really hurting!! I type so much, including all the things that are medical …. questions for docs, their replies etc.


  4. This is one art form I am sad to see disappear. Letters are presents in your mail box. They gave us a reason to go to the mail box everyday. Now all we find are bills so who wants to go look? In the near future we will begin the art of telepathic powers and then the email will become obsolete. It’s hard we think to let go of these things but really in actuality we do it! We are totally absorbed now by email and the letter is forgotten and so we will shift again and again and again as we evolve and move forward. Hopefully the Turmeric will kick in and bring you some relief. Here’s hoping! Fingers crossed! Take care friend….VK


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