This is the words of a pen-written letter I wrote to my niece earlier in the year. I did take a picture of it, but unfortunately and annoyingly I cannot find it. When I find it, I will upload it to the internet.
I wanted to be the first person to send you a pen-written letter – odd in this day and age but it has its certain romanticism. Also, I could not think of a more perfect person to send it.
You are almost nineteen months old so the best years are ahead of you and you are the future. You’re a bright, intelligent and funny girl something that pen-writing can be (maybe not in this letter). Pen-writing, like my marbles, may diminish as time goes by, but it is something you will learn in the future, knowing you, that is tomorrow. (Don’t worry; your marbles won’t diminish like mine as I self deprecate)
I remember being surprised and in awe of a little girl who started talking and walking, and learned so quickly. You point at snowmen, stars, babies, lights etc. and saying each word with a radiant smile. Last Wednesday (16th January 2013), I heard you made a scone and was told that it was very tasty (hopefully you may make one for me soon – hint). This makes me believe you may be able to write by the time I finish this letter.
As everything moves online, pen-writing seems to be history. Desktop computers are the thing of the past. Some suggest laptops will be too as everybody will be using tablet computers soon. Maybe pens have too, but I am a sucker for nostalgia thus I continue to use them from time to time. Many people use phones to send messages. This is not my preferred method. I haven’t mastered it yet and suppose I never will. You will probably teach me in the near future.
When you grow up, I cannot surmise what may be the preferred method of communication, but hope you will appreciate the art of a pen-written letter as you do crayons now.
May you receive many letters as you deserve, hopefully pen-written.
Your Uncle D.