Given the way of the world today, it looks like soldiers are going to be writing letters and emails to their loved ones far away for a long time to come.   Without getting into any debates about war or political issues, I thought I had at least approach the issue – if only from the mail side of it all.

A good friend spent a year at home while her husband was deployed to Africa.  They spent hours on video calls, sent thousands of emails back and forth, and probably wrote some letters too.   Thousands of soldiers from all countries communicate across the world to loved ones each day, and through the mode of communication has switched to being mainly electronic – the letter still remains a popular way to send love across borders.

With a letter you get to see the penmanship of the writer and handwriting can express emotion much better than text on a screen (pretty much you can type normally, or ‘yell’ by using all CAPS – those are your options unless you like emoticons).  There are many charities who sponsor letter writing and card sending projects directed at the troops – all with the aim of sending care and love in envelope form.

Besides the blessing a letter can be immediately upon opening the envelope, letters from past wars have taught us much about history, and give us eyewitness accounts of events and the people who were there.  It is to this end that I link up to the Legacy Project.  The page basically discusses the importance of saving letters/emails for future generations – so that part of your family history can be preserved.  It mainly refers to letters from war, but includes good tips on how to archive letters in general – if you are looking for information on how to make paper memories last longer, this is your page.

My grandfather fought in WWI.  Reading through his journals and letters from that era of his life is fascinating.  I wonder what my grandchildren will think of me through my preserved letters and journals?   Ha – I can’t tell if that should be a wonderful or scary thought!

Do you keep your letters? How do you store them?  What do you think your letters and journals will communicate to future generations?