The Art of the Handwritten Letter | East Texas Moms Blog


Today, the text messages we receive are a far cry from the days when taking time to sit down and write out a letter by hand was considered normal.

When thinking back to a simpler time, when a person got excited about snail mail, a small piece of some light goes out inside. 

Crafting words is hard. We thrive in a world where almost every occasion has a blanketed response. The copy and paste method is becoming the norm, and it shows. What has happened to the days of waiting for an intellectually-stunning letter from the one you love? Jane Austen would never have accepted this kind of behavior from people who cared for each other.

Let’s do something about it, before it’s too late. 

Writing is a struggle for today’s students. Think about all of the hard times we could save kids from if we taught them how to write a personal note and how to write it well.  Nothing can frustrate or energize a writer like the blank piece of paper staring at them. Today, the idea of writing an essay is scary for students. They often don’t know where to start, how to end, or what should be contained in the middle.

This hurts to watch take place. We have an entire generation of people who think one word answers are a good description and no one to help foster these issues. I can say this because I am in the classroom with them. How do we stress the importance of the lost art of hand writing a letter?

Here comes the fun part. This is a challenge to all of us.

Challenge yourself to write at least one handwritten letter this month.

Valentine’s Day is coming, so how about instead of spending money on a card for your loved ones, write them a letter. Tell someone what they mean to you by using your own words. If you need help, there is no shame in using a mentor letter! It is not considered plagiarism if you craft your own words in a format similar to someone else’s.

The best words are the ones that come from your heart. There is always someone who would love a handwritten letter. Grandparents and parents love to see your thoughts and feelings written down to them. Girls and women get butterflies when a man can make them blush through written word. If you are lucky enough to shape young minds, make writing a letter an assignment. One last option is to write letters to sick children and adults who are in the hospital. Handwritten letters have been known to boost happy chemicals in the brain. Okay, that last part was made up, but it could be true! 

Who will accept this challenge? 
Show us what you can do!

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“Y’all” and “Fixin” were things this born and raised Ohioan never thought would become part of her daily vocabulary. After graduating from Muskingum University with a degree in journalism, Merrideth found herself a true-blooded East Texan and followed him down here. Nine years and many cultural lessons later, Merrideth is learning to balance life as a teacher, wife to a busy entrepreneur, and mother to three kids. She has a mild obsession with reading books before they become movies, Mexican food, and any song by George Strait. Since becoming a Texas transplant, she has committed to living a more active and healthy lifestyle. Travel is her love language! Before she turns the big 4-0, she plans to learn how to Texas two-step, visit Italy with her husband, and publish a novel. You can get to know her better by visiting her blog at


  1. I have a dear friend who moved from TX to MI 20+ years ago. We don’t talk on the phone but may email on a rare ocassion. But we do sit down and write letters to each other which I know each of us cherish very much.

    I also try to send hand written notes of encouragement to members of my church family. I’m 69 and still get excited when I see a card, note or letter in the mail with my name on it.

    This is a result of our generation not making our kids write thank you notes for gifts over the years. I don’t think our kids/grands know how to even say thank you any more.

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