Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Honor in Letters

We've lost the art of letterwriting even amidst the growing flurry of texting, tweetering, and blogging which is such a rage in the 21st century. But actually taking pen to hand and putting ink on paper, I fear we've lost that art.

This seems more obvious as I read the letters written to me almost 40 years ago, as I was deployed in the US Army. Reading my family's letters to me still touches me deeply, as they used the vehicle of their letters to show more of their heart to me than I'd see while in their midst, growing up in so large a household.

So I count it an honor to read and display their letters to me, showing the depth of love, the struggles of life, that would not often be expressed verbally.

Sometimes it takes a going away, to come completely home.