The Lost, “Caring,” of Letter Writers

There was a time in world history that letters were a main form of communication.  Thoughtfulness and respect, oozed forth from those quills, pen and paper.  The reason for saying that is because I just stumbled across an old letter written in Italian but translated into English.  The letter wasn’t long but it didn’t need have to be to succinctly get the message across.   The letter-writer wrote mainly to ask about the other’s welfare and was herself, mentioned only rarely.

I worry (of course my daughter would tell you that I worry too much) that writing will soon die out.  Cursive writing is no longer being taught in most schools because of technology today i.e.; e-mail, text messaging, and cell phones.

English translation by, Michael A. Chaplin…

Dearest godmother Teresa, I hope you had a very good trip and that you and your children (?little daughter and sons) are in good health; we thank God that we are all well. Give me your news which I hope to hear is very good. Greetings to the family (?), greetings to your children and (?hugs) affectionately together to your (?little daughter). Yours affectionately (?) Nunziata Luizza

Well, it worries me because my daughter’s is the first generation to have no written record of themselves. An article on the importance of writing letters, humorously asks, “If Jefferson had sent text messages to Adams, think what would have been lost to history.” A valid thought, no doubt.

As Newsweek author, Malcolm Jones, finds the root of the problem and in his opinion it is, “Sifting through the sets of data. The most common complaint of our time is that we are overwhelmed by information, unedited and unstoppable.”

And so it goes…




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