Growing up, I loved getting the mail. That feeling of checking the mail box in hopes of finding something fun, and the happiness of opening a card or letter. Since everything is online these days, those moments of finding something fun in the mailbox are limited. Then something arrived that I have never received in my life, a hand written letter from my nephew!
I was instantly filled with happiness looking at his cute 10 year old penmanship on the envelope addressed to “Aunt Steph” and seeing a light box made out to show him where to put my address and his return address. I found out that his mom was showing him how to write a letter and make out an envelope. He is 10 years old and had never written out an envelope!
Think about technology these past 10 years. We are more comfortable with sending a text or an email. I remember being in high school when AIM started to become popular (yea remember AOL Instant Messenger!?), it was our version of texting before texting had even been invented. Then we got email, Myspace, and Facebook became popular and that was all over 10 years ago! So that is the world my nephew has literally grown up in, and that’s why this hand written card means so much more to me.
I highly recommend sitting down with your kids and helping them write out a card or a letter to someone in your family. It will help slow down your hectic day filled with technology and bring someone so much happiness.
PS: in my nephew’s letter he asked me about my favorite TV show and told me about learning how to do front flips.