questionsdo you ever hand write letters?

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Yes. I use my hands to type them on the keyboard.

Really, handwriting letters was something I was never good at, as my penmanship is horrid. I generally do write cards, though, unless I can get my wife to write them, then I just sign.

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I only write on cards I send people. And, that's generally only a few words. Not sure when I last hand-wrote a letter.

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had a very close loved one finally make it out of the hospital after six months recently. heard she was wanting contact. she has a pair of hearing aids and doesnt do well on the phone. since she lives four hours one way away i wrote. heard it made her happy.

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I don't usually write actual letters, but I do make my own cards and randomly send them to friends/family, not just on birthdays or holidays.

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I wrote letters for many years. There's a different thought process that goes on when you write, as opposed to typing on the keyboard. It's just that everyone I might write to has passed away.

I don't mean that to sound bleak, although it is, a bit. It's just that I don't feel moved to write anyone when I know that I'll get a phone call back, or an email. Those are not the same.

I have a rough draft of a letter that my mother wrote when I was three. It's one of my most precious possessions. She always wrote out drafts, before she sent the letter off, at least in those early years.

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I'm on the same page as @kmeltzer. Cards? Occasionally with a brief message. Letters? I couldn't name the last time.

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Once and awhile I write my grandmother who hand writes letters to everyone on their birthday and Christmas and any other special occasions

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I hand write thank you notes and sign cards I give to friends and family. Though when I send my sister cards, I ususally write a brief letter in it since she lives several states away and we only talk on the phone occassionally.

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I never hand wrote letters, but before computers I used to type letters to people. Sometimes six, eight, ten pages of them. This was not only before computers, but back when long-distance telephone calls were usually only in case of emergency or a special occasion. I still have the letters I wrote my parents when I was overseas and the letters my now husband and I wrote to each other when we were apart. So nice to be able to re-read them. And also to see what a different person he and I have become over the years.

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I fear that I am one of those non-writers. I cannot recall the last time that I wrote a letter (other than business related). While I have become more communicative as I've aged I am still not one to express myself to others. (For some reason, forums such as these are very different from things like letters or even email messages to friends.)

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As I've come to expect, @shrdlu's comment is interesting:

On Friday last, while going through a box of papers packed by my ex-wife around the time we separated, I came across a handwritten draft (or perhaps an unsent letter, though I think not) written by my mother. It is undated but most likely from the late 1970's or early 80's. I had my daughter put it on the "save for the future" pile, along with my college degree which was also in that box.

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Yes. With a fountain pen, on heavy paper.

My journal is also handwritten, also with a fountain pen. When you can't backspace or do a wholesale deletion you're a lot more likely to think about what you say, before you commit it to paper.

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I could, but no one would be able to read them. Penmenship issues.

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I write a letter every once in a while. Often, I will type a "draft" on the computer and then write it in longhand on nice paper. I enjoy receiving letters, so I assume other people do, too. I think one can express more feeling and/or intent in a hand-written letter.

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What is this 'handwriting' you speak of?

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Aw, you sound like such a great friend. I would hand-write more things but my penmanship is also atrocious. This post made me think of the days of pen-pals. I used to have a couple. I wonder how they ever read my writing...

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@aphroat: So many things would be better if people would take that approach. :)

I used to write letters a lot. I've fallen out of the habit, and gotten a bit busy to send cards (also it seems like the post office wants to go out of business, every time I need to send something, prices have gone up)... but I do try at least over the holidays and major birthdays.

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Anyone want to be penpals? :-p

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@rookie3001: E-pals or handwritten? Or does Xbox live count? :D

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@inkycatz: What's $.45 postage? If it brings a smile to someone's face, I think it's worth it.

It seems we get caught up in technology and tend to forget to slow down and enjoy the little things that could make a difference.