Writing about a slice of my life was not at the top of my "to do" list this evening. Perhaps, it's because I've had a long day. My daughter and I had dentists appointments after work, and I'm finally home and settling in for the night. Now, what to write? Writing. Letters. When was the last time I wrote (not on the computer) a letter? It's been so long that I can't even remember.
I do remember writing lots and lots of letters when I was a child. I must have been around 5th grade. I used to write letters to a favorite cousin who lived about 30 miles away. There was no cell phone, Internet, or Skype at that time. Of course, my parents would never allow me to make a long distance phone call. I may have rebelled a couple of times, and called my cousin without their knowledge. If I did, I'm sure I only stayed on the phone a few minutes, otherwise they would certainly have found out. So, my cousin and I did the next best thing, we wrote letters to each other. I recall how excited I would be to find a letter in the mail, addressed to me. I would run to the mailbox, find the letter, and rip it open. I probably read those letters over and over. Then I would sit at my desk and write a letter to her in return. In my letters, I would answer questions, give her updates, and share secrets. Not family secrets, I didn't know any of those (none that were interesting enough to write about), but secrets that would be shared between the two of us. I would send my letter off, and wait for one in return. I remember spending an entire summer writing letters to my cousin.
Letter writing seems to be a lost art. I remember my grandmother writing lots of letters to family and friends who lived far away. I remember my older sister buying scented stationary to send love letters to her boyfriend. All of which it seems, is becoming a lost art. I know that letter writing is still taught in schools. Yet in the real world, outside of school, how often are kids exposed to the fancy penmanship of a handwritten letter? Perhaps on occasion. Maybe not at all. Don't get me wrong, technology has it's place, and I can barely function when there's a problem with my computers, or there's a power outage, or the $300 bulb on my Smart Board goes out, in my classroom. However, I feel a bit of sadness at the idea that letter writing may become a thing of the past. So many boys and girls, will never know the thrill of running to the mailbox in anticipation of a letter J-u-s-t F-o-r T-h-e-m.