They are filled with humor, life, and wonderful use of language. One can’t help but stop to hear what neat letter Charlene has found on a particular day. You get the impression that the Falks were warm, intelligent, and entertaining people to be around.
|Pauline Falk worked with the Lincoln School for many years.|
These letters have given us something more precious that a window into the Falks lives. They have given us an idea of how diversely and uniquely individuals expressed themselves to one another. You can picture the people writing these letters as if they are in the room. Furthermore, it reminds us how fun, complex, and different the English language can be.
|Excerpt from Mrs. Pauline Falk's 50th High School Reunion. It took place in 1978 for the class of 1928. Several of the classmates could not attend the reunion, but then sent delightful notes to be read at the reunion.|
In yet another way, it makes us more aware that the art of letter writing is dying. We have email. We have Facebook. We have Twitter. We have an endless amount of devices to keep us connected. We communicate instantly and uniquely, but in a different more abrupt way.
The written word seems to be fighting a losing battle in the war of communication. This is an era of abbreviated thought, where pausing to contemplate and write a personal letter and send it seems as foreign as an alien planet.
|Letter thanking Pauline Falk for all her dedicated service to the Lincoln School, 1953.|
Perhaps we should all take the time to pause and breathe before we write and send our next email (or, perhaps, even a physical letter) to a friend.