Dear Typewriter (A Love Letter)


Dear Typewriter,

It's been a while since we last saw each other. I'm sorry I haven't kept in touch, but I promise you're never too far from my mind.



It's not that I haven't wanted to visit you, because I've often wished for nothing else, but time and distance are between us, and those two chasms are not easily crossed.



But now the time is right for us to be reunited once more, and we shall never be apart again.



Words simply cannot describe how I've missed the feel of your keys under my fingers or the satisfying clicks of letters forming on paper.



What I would give to hear that blissfully definitive chime as I reach the end of one line, or the grind of the carriage returning to start another.



I even miss your groan of disapproval whenever I tear away another page, unfinished and abandoned. I miss your attempts to cover my mistakes, and the scent of white-out when you don't quite succeed.



I must admit, I never thought I'd miss the battle with your ribbon; the battle that I inevitably lost time after time, scarred with slashes of ink and black hands for days on end...but I do.



Because despite your cracked case and your sporadically stuck keys, you're reliable. You're trustworthy. You're honest. We've had our fair share of disagreements, but in the end you never let me down.



And most of all, you never stared at me blankly with an insolent blue screen of doom. You never once threatened to destroy all my work in a fit of petty rage, and the only time you ever uttered the word virus was when we wrote an assignment on the Black Plague (heavy material for a 5th grader, but interesting nevertheless!)



So thank you, dear Typewriter. Thank you for all the happy memories, all the work we completed together, and for waiting so patiently for me for all this time. I can't wait to see you again.



Yours truly,

Kit

Apologies for the super late post...after many blue screens of doom, and even the occasional green screen, my computer is slowly but surely recovering from a near-fatal virus. He's currently chilling out in quarantine but will hopefully be back in action tomorrow, because he holds the key to lots of goodies I was planning to share with you today! All's well that ends well.

Speaking of time running short, have you entered this week's Giveaway Goodness yet? You have twice as many chances to win, so get in there!


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22 comments:

Dominic said...

I'm pretty much the only person I know that is my age (23) that learned to type on an old-fashioned typewriter, rather than a computer/electric typewriter.

I also type faster than just about anyone I know.

Thanks for the love letter, and the great images!

- Renée - said...

Aww.. that is cute!

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Great blog! There is a certain sense of accomplishment when you use a typewriter - maybe it's the level of skill required?

nicole addison said...

needless to say i wish i was on my way to a vintage shop to purchase my very own typewriter. and i too learned to type on an old-fashioned one! very cute post, thank u!

The King Family said...

oh mi gosh.

i don't think you understand. my husband and I are in love with typewriters. but for some reason we keep it as that ever-at-reach thing that we haven't bought yet. With the road-trip coming, I think you have inspired us that now is the time!! Gorgeous posting.

Farah said...

really nice posting. i remember my uncle used the typewriter and i used to peer at it from the back thinking that it was such a wonderful contraption. not only does it type words it has that cute ding when you reach the end of a line on the page. those were the silent moments that i shared with my uncle. miss him a lot.

Emilia Jane said...

I love photographs of old typewriters. I actually have a giant print of Cari Ann's photo (the one with the fan and books) up in my house. It's even prettier in real life.

un bel oiseau said...

oh i love this. about a year ago, a fabulous past boyfriend gave me an original, perfectly functioning 1929 corona typewriter. best gift ever hands down. and he was the best too :)

Beatriz Kim said...

I learned to type on an electric typewriter, but I must say I just love the computer too much. I'm an editing and re-editing freak. Computers make that process easier.

But I loved the post, especially the "And most of all, you never stared at me blankly with an insolent blue screen of doom." That's just divine and so true!

Hey...the fourth typewriter looks like the one that the English Muse uses as a personal icon.

Hope your computer troubles are over soon!

Char said...

beautiful shots - hope the computer gets well soon

miss b said...

gorgeous pics!

Leigh said...

i love love love old typewriters! thanks for the beautiful post and tribute to the charming word-processing machine of a bygone era.

Lightning Heart said...

this is wonderful, i love old typewriters :)

Chelsea Ann said...

love.

ambika said...

These images are all such a lovely homage to the things. I only recently allowed myself to nab one and I absolutely love it.

poet said...

Typewriters are cool, I agree. Unfortunately, my fingers are too teeny-weeny-weak to type on these sturdy old keys, so I personally prefer my laptop. Sorry about your computer. Mhm, maybe you (or your collected readers :) could convince Apple to sponsor a mac for you, or you could find yourself a computer geek who installs some version of Linux on your computer - both would protect against future virus outbreaks... :)

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

How i wish i have a vintage typewriter!

Michelle "Lady Bug" said...

This was a cute post. :)

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J. said...

Sorry to annoy you ^^ You don't certainly have time to waste :-s

Renee said...

From an old typewriter lover. Thank you, this was fantastic.

Renee xoxo

jonas wunderman said...

Oh ... Typewriters!


Typewriters!