I was just sitting here reminiscing about the good ol days when I would set down and write a letter to a good friend in another state or overseas. I use to enjoy sitting at my kitchen table and write every word and know that when I received a letter back it would be read and placed into a box for memories and the picture if one was sent would go into a frame or on the fridge. It’s hard to believe that I refer to the good ol days as only about 12 years ago.
Yes I have been swept up into the technology as everyone else has of emails and attachments and super high speed broadband. I was looking through some letters I had tucked away from about twelve years ago and it’s hard to think this was the last time I actually hand wrote a letter. Now I have the ability to email or text any where in the world I want. I guess as before we dreamed of this day so we would be able to save time and get quicker responses.
I can not help but think though of the time of running to the mail box and waiting on a letter to arrive from a friend.
I guess another group of people really feeling the impact of technology is the U.S. Postal Service. I mean lets face it, about 70% of their deliveries now are junk mail or bills.
Another public service that is feeling a small impact of advances in technology is probably good ol ma bell.
Sure most phone companies are now Internet providers but what once called the home phone is now known as the land line which by the way still works in the event your power is out or wind knocks out a cell tower. With cell phones in the hands of almost 96% of America we really do not use a hand receiver anymore. Of course the upside is not waiting till you get home to see who called.
Anyway back to the letters. As I read through some I could almost recall exactly where and what I was doing at the time I set down to write each one. It’s funny in a way to think that our parents use to have old letters written to each other stored in old shoe boxes or trunks in the attic. What will we do I wonder. Will our kids one day say to each other “hey look I found mom and dad’s old hard drive in the trunk”. That would be funny.
What is not so funny though is the fact that good penmanship is just about a memory and being able to write a paragraph without spell check is almost impossible. I hope that through all the technological advances which are truly a blessing that we will still keep the manual way of communicating in mind and practice because we have seen to many times that in the event the technology crashes we still should be able to survive.