This was a lot harder than I anticipated. My mom doesn’t have a computer (gasp!) I know! Consequently, I talk to her every week, sometimes twice/week, on the phone. My favorite method of communication is email. I gave up handwriting letters when I got the internet oh so many years ago.
I used to write letters to my mom and to my best friend, sister and Gramma. It has been a long time. I do remember the thrill of receiving letters in the mail and it's even more exciting when something besides bills arrive in the mail now.
Today, I went to look for writing paper. I used to have nice stationary. Now I just have blank 8 x 11 paper. So, I decided to download a pretty stationary pattern and printed it onto my blank paper using my computer. I began writing and my pen ran out of ink! I shuffled through my collection and retrieved another pen. It was dried up too. Finally, I seized another pen, with different coloured ink and resumed writing. Then there’s finding an envelope, addressing, stamping and mailing.
My hand writing is poor! It used to be nicer. Keeping the lines straight and the spacing even was also a challenge. Hand writing is definitely a skill and one that I need to practice if I'm ever going to hand write again. I am used to getting my thoughts out faster, using the keyboard. Writing caused me to have to think slower. I wrote two pages, but I didn’t say as much as I would have if I’d been typing.
I sure rely on my computer for the instant ease of communication. In fact, in my letter I seriously encouraged my mom to get a computer. She had a long career using computers and has excellent keyboard skills, so it is not something that would be difficult for her. Maybe she doesn’t want to hear so much and so often from me?
I get excited when I get email in my inbox, but maybe I don't treasure it enough because of the ease of it. The physical task of writing and mailing a letter makes it something to appreciate. I hope this letter delivers some enjoyment to my mom.
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