For not the first time, a groovy-looking parcel arrived in our mailbox from a certain address across the ocean. In it, letters to my daughters from their new friend / pen pal, whom we all are sure is a lovely young lady all around:
My girls are absolutely children of the 21st century, by way of preferring electronic communication to the archaic and time-consuming pen and paper. However, upon receiving these letters and notes, my twelve-year-old couldn’t reach the stationery drawer quickly enough. She was all about getting to a letter of reply now.
Okay, it may be that the allure of something other than studying for the next day’s science test was enough, but she could have let anything else occupy her for that brief time. She freely chose to write back.
How do you like that?
I can’t help but smile at the ease with which these children, who haven’t met (and likely won’t meet?), carry on a conversation via the post. Innocent, warm, natural, friendly – it’s as if they’ve been close friends for years. Say what you will about the decline of real letter writing, amid our constant exposure to emails and tweets and status updates (and, yes, blog posts…), but there’s still something special about a handwritten note, maybe on special paper, and maybe even with drawings. That something special is not lost on these three young ladies.
So, even in 2013, the art of letter writing is alive and well for those of us willing to go to the effort, and that’s a happy notion. Even better, though, is that through that medium my girls are happily making new friends – no matter that this one is some three or four thousand miles away; really, that makes it all the more special.