Monday, January 9, 2017

The Letter by Christine Bush

I received a letter today.    

 It touched my heart.

Now, I’m a “writing-word-communicating” sort of person. Daily I receive a zillion emails, memos, text messages, phone calls, face book posts and an assortment of loop mail. All are good.

But this was different. It was a real, old fashioned letter. With a stamp.

It came in the mail. It was beautifully handwritten on pretty writing paper. It was written to me, just me, by a dear friend in another state, just to say hello, to share her life, and to ask about mine.

I write a lot of words in the course of a day. I write on my current book manuscript, write articles, short stories, plays, and occasional blogs. I communicate with a lot of people. But I have to admit it’s been a long time since I wrote a personal letter like that, although I did way back when, in the past. Why did I stop?

“Why spend money on a letter when email is free?”
“Email is so much faster..texting is like the speed of light.” “Hi 2 u!”
“Loop mail goes to dozens. It is much more productive.”
“I can send messages on Facebook, I can Tweet..”

I’m not exactly sure why getting this good old fashioned letter felt so nice. Was it that I was worth the extra minutes? Worth a few cents?

All I know is, I cherish this letter! I like the feeling of pleasure it gave me, so I’m passing the thought on. I designed my own writing paper today (and printed it myself, as I’m still too cheap to buy the expensive kind, I admit).

I’m going to handwrite some notes, and let a few people know how much I care about them. In this busy, productive, high tech world, sometimes I can forget about that special, personal touch. I’ll spend the time and the money for the stamp, because friendship is worth the extra effort.

Are there any thoughts on letter writing out there?

Christine Bush is the award winning author of many books and novellas of sweet romance and light mystery. She also writes Middle Grade Fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or teaching Psychology at a local college.  She lives with her family and two crazy cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, and loves to hear from readers and aspiring writers.

Her  book “Cindy’s Prince”  (about an awesome woman who is raising her niece and nephew) can be found at


  1. My Mom still writes lots of notes and letters. Her handwriting is beautiful.

  2. I'm afraid that in this era of instant communication the art of letter writing has decreased. I know I rarely do handwritten letters.

  3. I love, love, love handwritten notes. There is nothing to compare to receiving them - or sending them!

  4. My friend and I wrote letters to each other for years because she didn't use email. It was a challenge without the speed and automatic spelling corrections that email offers but it was worth it.