I’m pretty sure I was the one who dropped the ball on communication. As I got more involved in high school and work, I just kept putting it off, until one day, she was just a memory. Years later I’ve found her letters and smile at those memories. My children ask “what are those?” upon seeing my letter stash. I tell them about my pen pal from Sweden. They don’t care. I guess that since you can get online and talk to someone in another country at any given time now, it’s just not exciting for them. That makes me sad.
What about letter folding? Do you remember writing a note and trying to pass it in class without getting caught? What about the art form of making sure that letter was folded just right? That was one of the best parts of sending a note to a friend! Now with text messaging, my kids won’t know that either. That makes me sad too.
I asked Mariah one day how many class photos she wanted to pass out to her friends. She told me none. I just figured she might be insecure about her picture, so didn’t press the issue. As I was looking for a picture, my girls found my box of photos from all of my school years. They got a kick out of reading the messages on the backs of the pictures that my classmates wrote before giving you their picture. Mariah asked “So, what did you guys do. Just write notes on the backs of your class pictures then pass them out?” Um yeah, that’s what we did. I guess now that you can get on Facebook and see pictures of your friends anytime you want, it’s not cool to pass out class pictures anymore.
I’ll be the first to tell you that I love technology, but I do wish it didn’t have the effect of eliminating some pretty cool things that make for lasting memories. These are just a few of the things my kids will never know because of it, and that’s a shame!