For the Love of Technology!!

 

facetimeLast week I wrote about the importance of keeping the letter alive. Today I want to flip things around and share what I love so much about modern technology. My twin grandchildren were born in Atlanta, Georgia about 2 weeks ago. Still in the nic unit but doing well. During her labor, and birth and afterwards, my son-in-law kept us updated with texts. Pictures have followed and he has been so good about sending daily pictures. There is a very wonderful thing called Face Time if you are an apple owner. This has allowed me to talk face to face with my daughter and to see the babies “in person.” As I looked back over the dialog of texts during this time I found it so precious. I have saved them all to print out to have as a record of this exciting event.

Moving on to Facebook….I really believe Facebook should just be for adults, not children. Facebook has allowed me to connect with cousins I hadn’t seen for years. Following their families lives through pictures and messages makes them feel closer. We have our own private family page that only our family can access that lets us communicate with each other on things that may be more personal. I love it for this reason.

So, while I still believe letters are a wonderful thing, I’m not so sure I could ever live without this technology. To have had to wait for pictures to come in the mail of my grandchildren…well that would have been a LONG wait!!

TwinsThank you text messaging for this picture!!

So, what do you like/dislike about technology? Please share!!

Peace,

Julie

Oh Mr. Postman…….

letters

Remember when we used to send and receive real letters? I honestly can’t say when the last time is that I sent a letter to someone or received a letter from someone! I was going through a closet with some of my daughters stuff and found an old can with letters my sister (Jen) had sent her when she was out of state with her military husband. She has kept them all these years because they were important. My mother in law talks of writing every day to her husband who was stationed in Korea. I wonder if she kept them. When I was a kid I remember going upstairs in my grandpa’s house to cut the stamps off of the letters my dad had sent from Korea. At that age I had no interest what was in them…I would give anything today to have the opportunity to read them. I remember after visiting my cousin in California when I was about 10 we would write back and forth for awhile. I think I even had a few pen pals. I don’t think kids today would even know what that is. I take that back, they talk to people all over the world through gaming systems and consider them friends. I am not convinced this is the same.

I think as a society we have become to used to email, Facebook and text messaging. But really, I think there is nothing as special and intimate as a hand written letter. I am as guilty as anyone, and I’m not knocking any of those other modes of communication; they have all let me connect with old friends and family members. But, a letter, maybe we should reconsider this. After all, how many emails, texts or Facebook chats have your folded up and put in a can??

A love letter to someone you love…who wouldn’t like to get that. It is pretty special to know someone actually took the time to sit down and write you. So I challenge you to think…is a handwritten letter important, or is it something that we let fade into the past? Let me know what you think.

Peace,

Julie