Letter writing

Pen on page of writing.

When was the last time you wrote a letter to a friend or relative?

If you’re like most of us, I guess your answer is: not recently.

No wonder postal services all over the western world are losing money.

These days we don’t even type a letter on the computer to print and send off in an envelope, all dressed up with a stamp.

Now we have FaceBook and Twitter, and sometimes we even use email.

If you watch people, you can’t help but notice that everyone around you is texting on their smartphones.

Letter writing sounds so romantic, when you consider the hours you could spend putting your thoughts down on paper, and the days or weeks it would take before it would be delivered. Not to mention the wait for a response.

Life is obviously happening much too quickly now. Today, we have access to instantaneous communication with friends and family all over the world. Today, we can’t wait for our loved ones to write back with their answer.

Why would you want to wait, when you can share that thought or photograph or joke in the moment?

Letters. Something else for archeologists to ponder in the years to come.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter.