Many from younger generations might not understand the degree to which I miss handwritten notes and letters – selecting the stationery, putting pen to paper, addressing the envelope, sending, receiving, tucking them away to cherish in later re-readings.
Make no mistake, I do appreciate the positive communications options our electronic advances provide:
- Most deployed troops can stay in closer touch with their families; some even participating via videofeed in the birth of a newborn thousands of miles away.
- Families living states apart can more readily participate in health care decisions in emergencies and care for elders who need their assistance.
- Supplies to aid the afflicted can be more quickly collected and disseminated when natural disasters strike.
- Happily, I enjoy daily contact with each of you – living in places like Oregon, UK, Spain, Malaysia – no matter how far away in locale, you are right here in our sharing.
Still … I miss the days when I’d open the mailbox and find a handwritten note because they hold, in essence, YOU. You touched the paper I am now holding; you wrote the words I am running my fingers over, you sealed the envelope, chose a stamp and sent part of yourself to me. Even the postmark holds curious interest to me.
Red-faced and apologetic, I admit I received lovely Christmas card notes from a couple of you, and have not reciprocated. I have no excuse. That, right there, throws a wrench in my whole lamentation about missing handwritten notes!
I have adapted to – even embraced – electronic communication, although I still have much to learn. It is the future, and it’s the way I will be able to stay connected to Sparks and Raqi as their world grows beyond our family circle.
Nevertheless, I am fully aware that a profoundly personal form of human connection – one that reaches back centuries – is most likely ending with my generation.
Note: I might not be able to respond to comments until this weekend. I’m on the road and my pesky laptop will let me read your posts, but not comment on yours or mine. Thank you for visiting; I will touch base soon.