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The Lost Art of the Handwritten Letter

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC BK659279 

Rediscovering the Lost Art of a Handwritten Letter


I recently received a beautifully handwritten letter from one of my favorite authors, Alexandra Stoddard. I have a collection of her many books, and I have enjoyed her writings for many years.  I wrote her a handwritten letter along with a small gift for her 80th birthday.  She thanked me with a lovely handwritten letter, while apologizing that it took her so long to thank me personally, but it was a joy to receive this letter that was handwritten with care and a heartfelt message.


In today's digital world, where instant messaging and emails dominate our communication landscape, the art of handwritten letters seems to have faded into obscurity.


There's a certain magic in receiving a handwritten letter. The anticipation as you carefully open the envelope, the faint scent of ink and paper, the personal touch of someone's handwriting—all contribute to an experience that transcends the digital realm. In a world inundated with fleeting digital messages, a handwritten letter stands out as a tangible expression of thought and care.  Alexandra Stoddard has actually written about the joy of writing and receiving handwritten letters.  She does not text, or email herself.  Those are handled by her assistant.  She insists on writing herself personally with hand selected stationary and pens.  In her books, she encourages her readers to take enjoyment in the process of handwriting a letter, and about the joy and excitement the receiver will experience.  


Beyond our words, a handwritten letter carries our personality, emotions, and sincerity.  It's a form of communication that requires time, effort, and thoughtfulness, making it all the more meaningful in an age where convenience often overshadows real connection.


The process of writing a letter forces introspection and reflection...


Without the luxury of backspacing or deleting, or auto-correct, each word must be chosen deliberately, each sentence crafted with intention, requiring great patience and mindfulness.  Many people are afraid to really put their true feelings in written form.  We have libraries full of love letters and beautifully written letters from the past when letter writing was the norm.  


Former President Jimmy Carter wrote a letter to his beloved Rosalynn Carter 75 years ago, which was read at Rosalynn Carter's memorial service.  He wrote about loving and missing her during the time he was in the service.  Signing the letter... "Goodbye, darling.  Until tomorrow, Jimmy."  How beautiful are these words and how wonderful that this letter was shared at Rosalynn's service.  


Handwritten letters also serve as tangible mementos, preserving moments in time that can be revisited and cherished for years to come. Unlike digital messages that can be deleted or lost in the ether of cyberspace, handwritten letters endure as physical reminders of the bonds we share with others.


My Mom, who died many years ago, was a letter writer also. I saved almost every one of her handwritten letters and I have a book that is filled with letters that she wrote to me over the years.  What a beautiful memory from her, that I can cherish and an amazing gift that she left for me.


A handwritten letter or note is a reminder that this is a real person with thoughts, feelings, and experiences worth sharing and remembering..


In a world that's constantly moving forward, sometimes the most meaningful gestures are those that take us back to simpler times.  



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Joyce Marsh, Broker/Owner

Joyce Marsh Real Estate Company

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Joyce and I wish I had a better hand writing but it was not in my family.  I should of learn left handed but my parents would not let me be a lefty. think that was part of the problem.  I do so much left handed


Mar 02, 2024 08:18 AM
Joyce Marsh

Will Hamm The more you write the more your handwriting will improve from what I hear. People also appreciate handwritten notes. Enjoy your weekend!

Mar 02, 2024 09:44 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Joyce,
Handwritten letters or cards are a special treat in this digital world.

Mar 02, 2024 08:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Marsha,

I still try and write than handwritten note as I know how much I appreciate receiving them. You are right there is a certain magic when receiving one!

Mar 02, 2024 09:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Joyce - what a special surprise.  And especially thoughtful too.   

While my penmanship was never noteworthy, it has deteriorated a lot over recent years.  On occasion, I still mail notes/cards but use block letters when I do.  For legibility as well as convenience.  Of those reading and me too.  Writing can be hard work.  🖊

Mar 02, 2024 10:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have to admit that it has been a very long time since I sent a hand written letter. Your post is a good reminder for all of us.

Mar 02, 2024 10:09 AM
Joyce Marsh

Roy Kelley Thank you very much 

Mar 02, 2024 04:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joyce-When I moved away from Houston to FL many years ago, a good friend and I exchanged little notes at least once a week. I miss that. 

Mar 02, 2024 12:10 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I love receiving handwritten letters in the mail and mailing them out, too. I send out handwritten Christmas cards, or when I hear that somebody had a baby or other important life event, but I should do more. One of my past clients turned friends is an artist who has a collection of greeting cards. Sending these out makes it extra special! 

Mar 02, 2024 02:24 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Carol Williams I completely agree.  It is such a treat to receive a handwritten letter, note or even a greeting card!  Hope you are having a great weekend.  

Mar 02, 2024 04:16 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Dorie Dillard Austin TX That is very nice that you still handwrite notes and letters.  I'm sure your friends, family and clients appreciate your thoughtfulness,  

Thank you for your comment, 


Mar 02, 2024 04:17 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Hello Michael Jacobs and thank you for your beautiful comments.  My handwriting has deteriorated with age as well, but I find that I have to really slow down to make it more legible.   Hope you are having a great weekend.

Mar 02, 2024 04:19 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Kathy Streib I'm sure those weekly notes were a welcoming sight after you moved.  Texts and emails are just not the same.  Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you for your comments.

Mar 02, 2024 04:21 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Andrea Bedard those hand painted note cards would be wonderful, and very much appreciated.  I'm sure they would keep them forever too. 

Mar 02, 2024 04:24 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joyce, most don't want to take the time to do a handwritten note, sadly.   I know I don't do as many as I should.

Mar 02, 2024 04:56 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Don’t feel sorry for me, but I have not received a Letter in the Mail in this Century !!! 

Mar 02, 2024 05:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joyce Marsh  loved this post and I still have the letters my parents and I exchanged decades ago.... as to my handwriting is so bad that when I have something I want hand written Diane does it for me and I just sign it:)Endre

Mar 02, 2024 09:26 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Receiving a handwritten card or letter today is amazing! And sooo appreciated!

Mar 03, 2024 05:59 AM
Jim Crawford
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Jim Crawford Broker Associate Fredericksburg VA

It is the only way to go.  Last night I was reading a hand written note from an aunt of mine who had passed away many years ago.  I do not get sentimental over texts. 

Mar 03, 2024 06:14 AM