Old Letters

Sorting old letters
Recognizing handwriting
Years dissipate fast


A month ago, while cleaning out our attic, I came across an “old” box of saved letters.

Of course, there were letters/cards from family and still-in-contact friends.  However, others, were from special people no longer in my life.  Although, some of the letters were over 40 years old, I immediately recognized the hand-writings … unhesitatingly filled with vivid memories, as if I received them yesterday. This provided a relished meandering down memory lane.

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea” , 2011

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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24 Responses to Old Letters

  1. They are definitely time machines.


  2. dani says:

    a wonderful haiku, Becca. lovely to spend some time with memories of those no longer with us. ♥


  3. I love travelling down memory lane too . Surprisingly, none of the regret comes up now and one remembers only the nice parts. Isn’t it sad that the youngsters of today will not have this pleasure of sorting through an old bunch of letters written in hand. It only takes a click to “delete” everything nowadays.


  4. Nanka says:

    One can become very nostalgic, sweet memories from the distant past!! Know that feeling only too well 🙂 realizing how years have rolled by!!


  5. Leah says:

    isn’t it absolutely amazing how instantly recognizable special handwriting is, even decades later? This is such a nice post–and I absolutely treasure my old letters–I have every single one of them, and yes, some romantic ones tied with a ribbon!


  6. Pat Cegan says:

    So charming. I used to love looking at my old letters and pictures. I do not have them any more but remember how nice it was to revisit them. I like the poem so much and perfect picture to go with it. Hugs, pat


  7. Oh my … I have lots of old letters and poems my husband wrote to me. I think they will keep us close when either of us no longer are here. They are filled with wonderful memories that we may not remember later on.

    I love how you expressed it in your Haiku.
    Izzy ~~~~ : – )


  8. Mickie Brown says:

    Becca, What a nice post–you are so right about “old letters”. What lovely memories can be ignited by them. Mickie 🙂


  9. Sheila Moore says:

    very nice. I have a few from old boyfriends I really need to get rid of before my pre-teen daughter runs across them 😉


  10. Renee Espriu says:

    I love old things because, really, they are ageless and timeless and bring back people as though it was only yesterday. Beautiful.


  11. SandyCarlson says:

    Powerful stuff. Letters are like time warps.


  12. souldipper says:

    All the feelings come rushing back as if only a second has passed. Then I review…any regrets? I don’t want any so I do an inventory promptly. Yes, old letters have a great effect on me.


    • becca givens says:

      I understand what you mean, Amy … I had a few wonderings of “what ifs”, but only very briefly … I simply enjoyed the memories before me … I offered a prayer for the dear one as I returned the letters to their resting place … I am not ready to part with them yet!


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