What Ever Happened to the Love Letter?

I recognized his writing immediately. His cursive was unmistakable. Even all these years later, I knew its wide, angular style.

He used to send love letters. I hadn’t seen them in years – not since the last time I was searching  in my dresser and came across the small sheaf of envelopes tucked under photographs and scarves. I could never bear to throw them all away, even after I had married someone else.

And there they were. Two of them.

He was old school, and a romantic. He took pleasure in small gestures, in sending flowers to my office for no reason at all, in choosing restaurants thoughtfully, in stopping by my apartment on cold winter mornings with a steaming cup of take out coffee. And he wrote me letters.

Does anyone take to pen and paper anymore? What ever happened to the love letter?

Terms of Endearment

Sure, we communicate through tapping texts and emails on our mobile devices. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for communication of any sort. But I adore rereading the few letters I have from men I loved.

Letters written by hand.

My grandparents exchanged letters during World War II, over the course of more than a year. My grandfather was stationed in the Pacific, while my grandmother held up the home front, taking care of three young children. Those letters form part of my family history. They’re fragile, tangible, and treasure.

What is evocative about abbreviations on an LED screen?

Cards, Notes, Histories

I’ve written by hand when I could – the birthday note with love, the letter brimming with emotion. Yet most of the men in my life have not done so, and I think that’s a shame.

Has the art of the love letter been lost? Are we so busy and so hooked on technology that we can’t construct a few sentimental sentences with paper and pen?

  • Do men and women still write each other by hand?
  • Do you have love letters from the past you’ve kept?
  • Do you write letters with more care than you do emails or text?
  • If we wrote by hand, would we be more thoughtful in our communications?



© D. A. Wolf