Writing with pen is so 1994

The internet is amazing. I marvel at it every week. Of course, I didn’t have my own email until I was in college, and that was back when having animated graphics on your Home Page was awesome.

Mobile phones astound me too when I think how 12 years ago I knew very few people who had one. Doug’s Blackberry that was once desirable became obsolete and scorned for being as bulky as a piece of toast. My cousin described an old cell phone that was so big it looked like a giant waffle on the side of your head. Mine used to be so big it was like carrying a one pound stick of breakfast sausage in my purse.

These days a lot of women I know have abandoned phones for the internet, because really, is there a minute when none of our kids are clamoring for attention and we can sit down to talk? We try to focus on our families and work during the day, but through emails, blogs, and message boards, we can keep up with each other whenever we get a moment free.

Our ideas of community have really changed. In my apartment complex, I have watched a dozen neighbors come and go. I try to learn names, but they usually move before I see them again. I don’t know who my neighbors are, but I know what is going on in the lives of women who live hundreds or thousands of miles away. I love how I can share ideas, laugh, and learn from women who don’t live close by. My friends who do live close by are precious, but we communicate more through email too.

You know what I miss? Being able to recognize the handwriting of my friends. Everyone’s writing is now in Arial or Times New Roman. Don’t you remember when you knew who a note was from without having to look at the signature? So I thought I’d write a note, you know, with pen.

Join in people — write a note and share a picture of it. We want to see it.


This weekend I am going on a Girls’ Getaway trip — without my husband, without my child, and even without the internet. I have a new haircut and a full tank of gas, and I’m looking forward to spending the whole weekend having fun and laughing, being refreshed in the company of friends. So take care, and I’ll be back soon.

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  1. LOVE THIS. Brilliant.

    Check your email, by the way.

  2. Kirstin says:

    You are so groovy!

  3. I love your blog!

  4. A girls weekend away is always awesome!

  5. Thanks for reminding me that I love handwriting. I’m gonna get out my good pens.

  6. Hi!
    Just came here from Simple Mom! Love your blog layout. It looks so fresh and handmade! (if that makes any sense!).

  7. Found you through Simple Mom. I hadn’t made the connection between the dramatic drop in my penmanship (my husband doesn’t believe I ever had good handwriting!) and the rise in my typing skills…. Expect some handwritten goodness as soon as I can figure out how to work the scanner!

  8. What a gorgeous idea, Rachel. Just as SOON as my camera is back from the fix-it shop (long and sad story) I will do this!

  9. Hi there – visiting from Megan @ SortaCrunchy. My best friend of over 20 years still sends me hand-written notes. Her handwriting is the exact same as it was when we learned cursive together sitting in the same 4th grade classroom. She uses a straight edge to make sure every letter is even and perfect and then goes back in to fill in the loops and tails! I can’t even describe the feeling I get when one of her letters shows up in my mailbox . . . . it’s like going home. Great post!

  10. smallnotebook says:

    Glad to see the enthusiasm, and all of the notes so far. I want to share one response (from ktbunch): “Blogging about writing with pen is so 2004.” Hilarious!