WRITING, A LOST ART
The day was
filled with drudgery; arriving at the office earlier than usual, choking down
stale tasting peanut-butter crackers with a semi-flat soda for lunch, and during
the early evening, negotiating snarled traffic throughout the lengthy commute
home. It was a span of ten hours, filled with aggravation and devoid of any
Arriving home it was time to collect the mail, discard any unwanted
solicitations, and scrutinize the statements; imagine the astonishment of
discovering an unexpected, handwritten communique. Whether the posture is
elation or trepidation, the ensuing thoughts are intense; you cannot wait to
discover the mystery hidden inside the carefully folded edict.
Without delay you seek seclusion, to analyze the contents, and study the
message. To your amazement, included in the words are not only a stunning
revelation, but also a conveyance of sentiments; suddenly the unexpected
occurrence is saturated with waves of delight.
The art of letter writing is nearly as obsolete as the belief that women are
intended to stay at home and devote their time and talent to cooking meals,
cleaning the house, and raising children. Being transported into another realm
of being, by the use of figurative language, is an unforgettable experience.
The genteel minded individuals of today concur that the demise of descriptive
letter writing is indeed a great loss to our society.
Victorian citizenry received formal notifications concerning the arrival of an
infant, or the passing of a cherished acquaintance, but no matter the context,
the conveyed feelings were compelling. Whether the script described an
impending marriage, or the unexpected demise of an assignation, the recipient
was enchanted with chosen words that sensitively depicted the
Exquisite correspondences of yesteryear embodied an appreciation for the finer
things of life; sophisticated society-folks were expected to compose and
promptly post the prudently worded epistles. There was etiquette to
compositions that for years was not altered; properly address the person, use
eloquent language, and end the document in an acceptable style. Sentiment was
expressed profusely, but passion, if alluded to at all, was described
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