Mr. Wright, I hope it will interest you to know that there are still schools
that insist on students learning to write using pencils and pens, using cursive
writing (carefully cultivated). One of those schools also has a focus on grammar
and writing skills. I used to teach there and loved the "old school"
and patriotism (to mention another virtue) emphasized at Carden Memorial School.
You are right, Wright, letters are small flat treasures to be kept and reread.
While I don't write letters like you talked about, each of my nieces or nephews
that gets married gets a book of family history from me. It is about their
grandparents and has a section in the back of stories written by my husband and
his brothers and sisters from when they were growing up. The first couple of
ones to get thems I know thought-where's the corningware!? But now it is a much
looked forward to and cherished tradition in the family to get this and share it
with the new spouse!