One of my favorite things growing up was getting a handwritten card or letter from my Mamom so as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias and their client, I’m talking about the long-lost art of card sending.
It was always a surprise to get a sweet handwritten note, and she was the master of maintaining connections by sending cards up until the day she passed. My Papa was a practiced calligrapher who wrote the most beautiful cards.
I’ve noticed as an adult that handwriting just isn’t the same as it was two decades ago. All of my grandparents had such scrolling, beautiful handwriting. Handwriting now is nearly nonexistent because of the use of computers and cell phones to send emails and quick texts. They don’t even teach cursive in most schools anymore. The Nerd wouldn’t know a cursive letter if it hit him in the face. His first grade teacher told me she wasn’t concerned with the fact that his handwriting wasn’t improving because he likely would never even need to know how to write anything other than his name. While that initially sounds ridiculous, she’s right.
The handwriting of my peers is big and bubbly, nothing to look at and admire. I take pride in my own slanted handwriting, but it’s not the beautiful, scrolling cursive of the early 20th century.
Did you ever think you’d live to see the day that handwriting became a dying art form?
It doesn’t have to.
Sometimes it seems like it would be so much easier to just shoot your friends and family an email, or post a status update on their Facebook page when their birthday rolls around. Shoot, sometimes the only way that I keep track of friends’ birthdays is by checking my Facebook calendar. I’m infinitely grateful for the daily reminder, “YO! It’s so-and-so’s birthday today!” That way you look like you’re really super cool when you post a “happy birthday my long-lost 3 friends removed acquaintance from high school!”
How impersonal have we actually become, people?
Imagine the way you felt the last time you received a handwritten note.
My last time was when my dear friend, Babita sent me a post card from Japan. It made me feel so important to her, despite the fact that I haven’t seen her in the flesh in about two years. It feels fantastic to make connections in old-fashioned ways in this tech-involved society.
I love sending cards to my friends and family, but I generally forget to send them a card until it’s too late because the date just sneaks up on me and I don’t have a card just lying around to send out.
This summer I decided to start stocking up on cards. I still had a few glitches. I bought my step mom a beautiful card for her birthday in June and it’s still sitting here in my kitchen. It got lost behind my bill box. But for the most part, I’m using my monthly card shopping trips to stock up on cards for people I’d really like to make smile. If you’re reading this and I didn’t get one out to you, it’s not personal. I still love you.
I absolutely love Hallmark cards. They have a fantastic variety of funny, sappy, and perfectly designed cards. Hallmark has this uncanny ability to say what you want to say, but have no idea how to form into words.
I’ve noticed in the past couple of years that Hallmark stores are shutting down left and right which has always really upset me because I love going into a Hallmark store!
Then I was in my local Walmart store and noticed that they have Hallmark cards now! I did a little jig in the aisle, then visited Facebook to figure out who had birthdays coming up in October/November, and stocked up. Not only am I going to make some friends smile with my well-timed birthday wishes, I am going to practice my handwriting skillz.
Want to see where in the country my cards are going? Check out my map below! Is one coming your way?
Now drag your butt to your local participating Walmart, and pick up some Hallmark cards. There’s nothing quite like making someone smile with a card, a stamp, and the good ol’ USPS.