|I got a postcard in the mail, and it made me beam. The sender really knows my style, it seems!|
Very hard, it seems.
I've witnessed strong friendships reduced to yearly "happy birthday" wall posts on Facebook or to the mass email that announces a birth or loss. And I'm no different. I am rubbish when it comes to email or responding to anything online even though I am pretty much on my laptop 8 hours or more each day. Somehow, the "reply" button seems miles away. Most of the time, I think that I can't be bothered with writing up a response.
Why don't I attach more value to composing even just a short reply? I'd like to think that it's because I see emails and the like as rigid and impersonal-- something that takes a minute to think up, a minute to consume, and a minute to forget. Which is why, even now, I insist on writing letters to people.
They make take longer to receive, but apart from the scribbled note, there is so much to read: the choice of paper, the color of the ink pen, the slant of the hand. It's like I'm getting a little bit of the person in that missive written just for me.
Do you write letters?