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National Letter Writing Week: January 9 – 16, 2011
January 9, 2011
If this book won’t inspire you to write a letter, nothing will.
The second week of January each year is National Letter Writing Week. In honor of this occasion, I’d like to recommend that you write a letter to someone close to your heart. If you need inspiration, check out this lovely anthology — Posterity: Letters of Great American to Their Children, edited by Dorie McCullough Lawson. She says that letters “are the color, heart, and personality of history,” and this book proves her point in a delightful, highly readable way.
Dorie McCullough Lawson’s father is the noted historian and biographer, David McCullough, and in the foreword to the book he states very clearly why letters are an important part of history:
“That so few of us write to our children any longer, that we so rarely write personal letters of any sort, is a shame. I think often of how little we will leave about ourselves and our time in our own words. Maybe some of the e-mail will survive, but I doubt it. How will future generations ever come to know us? Historians and biographers a hundred or three hundred years hence will have almost nothing of a personal kind to work with. Our story, consequently, will be a lot less interesting, less human, perhaps even impossible to write. Beyond that we’re denying ourselves the pleasures and benefits of putting out thoughts and feelings down in words of our own. Nothing focuses the mind as writing.”
Even a short letter will do. Get to it!
Addressing an envelope to my sister
Here are some more posts in this mini-series: