One of the great things about living in the country is that you have a mailbox with a little flag, letting you know [when the flag is up] You Have Mail ..
Before the time of telephones a written letter was the only means of learning what was happening around the world or in the next town. Letters were sent via ships across the oceans, by trains and horse carriages or sent with people who were travelling to the letter's destination. Depending on its place of origin, it could take months to receive word from loved ones. With the introduction of the telephone not only were you able to learn of world events and happenings in a loved one's life, in a timely manner, you could enjoy the sound of their voice.
Fast forward to today, and both the handwritten letter and telephone seem to be slowly replaced by email, texting, and various other electronic communication devices. Actually many young people will look at you with a terrified look when you speak of writing a letter ... they would sooner [hide behind technology] text than actually put pen to paper [they would actually be required to think, spell out words - correctly].
As for speaking on a phone - though many young people have cell "phones", these are used to play games, text, take photos, play music rather than actually being used to talk to others.
What our young people have not realized is much of this form of communication is not saved for future trips down memory lane [or if a device crashes before proper back-up - the information contained within is lost], unlike a letter or card that can be safely stored and easily accessed.
Don't get me wrong I love the options and benefits that technology provides, after all if it were not for the internet many of us would not have been given the opportunity to get to know each other. What I'm saying is let's not forget the "classic, elegant, timeless art of handwritten letters" because "trendy abbreviations, instant response, less thinking" can be achieved with clicks on a computer. After all you haven't stopped wearing your Little Black Dress because wearing a pant suit is fashionable now. No, you wear both....
When was the last time you sat and actually
put pen to paper, to compose a letter?