Starting Ink Drops has made me think back, nostalgically, to my childhood and youth – before emails, mobile phones and MSN, we communicated by letter.

My friends and I wrote letters to each other at all ages, to keep in touch across countries (my best friend moved to Jersey) and for private communications at school (we developed writing in circles and perfected writing backwards for particularly juicy notes about which boys we fancied in which class…)

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The tradition of written communication continued throughout university. By this point, we all had mobiles and the internet. We just used these to increase the anticipation by texting to say a letter was on its way. One memorable day in my second year, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a letter. When I saw the postman I charged down the stairs to greet him. I was very keen to get my hands on my correspondence and very speedy. So speedy that I didn’t look where I was going. An electric plug became embedded in my foot.

We create treasures when we least expect to…

And now, I treasure those letters in a way I could not have anticipated. Every scrawl, scribble and childish loop of handwriting is precious.  This is because it’s physical proof of my youth and a visual prompt for my memories.

The older I get, the less the world seems to correspond by hand. We email and text to save time, telephone to hear each other’s voices and try to bridge geographical divides. Rarely do we take time to write a letter. Perhaps if we considered the joy savouring a letter can bring, we would do so more often.

Have letters been involved in any of your friendships? Let us know… we’d love to hear. And if you want to revive your love of writing it down then why not pop over to our shop. Get things started by treating yourself to something delicious and papery.

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