I want to talk today about love letters. I am so worried that they will go out of fashion and become obsolete, and I need your help. I am talking about hand-written love letters. It seems to me that the young and even the not-so-young generation are totally obsessed with screens – the smart phone I believe one is called – and I will never really understand the fashion to sit staring slavishly at a smart phone – when to look around one, observe the world is so much more exciting – and so much safer too, when crossing roads! The joy of receiving or sending a hand-written letter is so splendid and, sadly, I believe, it is being taken over by the ‘tweet’.
I am, as I have mentioned before, an ancient cat – now in my 19th year, and I know the joy I experience to receive a hand written letter – as opposed to an email. I use email, of course, to communicate with my friends – but too often it is a frustrating business. People now receive so many emails they have spam files, and I often think my epistles are swallowed into this abyss!
Writing Love Letters
Receiving a proper handwritten letter, one always replied – because then one would get another letter and the circle of correspondence would be never-ending. Perfect! A hand-written letter you can keep – can mull over, re-read, store away – it becomes a written history of your friendship or love affair – it can bring comfort and joy well into old age, as we know in our Thespian household where writing is still a daily occupation.
A hand-written love letter is the work of the heart – it is personal – it can reveal your inner soul, and captured on the page, complete with blots from tears or the pen, it becomes a unique offering. The computer, however, is not sensitive to mood – it will play up in the middle of creating a poem or play, it can delete on a whim – but if everything is written on paper by hand – nothing will be lost.
As a Theatre Cat – I see my work is to watch over our performances and creative writing and to draw your attention to anything I think might be of special interest. If you would like to read a love letter or two, go to our Theatre Memoir What Country Friends is This? – if, on the other hand you have had experience of having ‘loved and lost’ then maybe try Poems of Love and Loss our latest publication. Both books are available via Amazon, and to follow the deeds and daring of Llandovery Theatre Company, do go to our web page, click on ‘publications’ and read some of the recent reviews for our books.
Thank you for reading my words! Long live love!
13 October 2017