When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter? I am really bad at this and always have been. This is why I love the Internet so much. I’m a really good “email” person. If anyone writes to me, I always write back and usually pretty much right away. I have a few email relationships with people. Some I’ve met, others, not in real life. Are the ones I’ve met anymore important than the ones I haven’t? No, not at all. To me, everyone is important.
The only person I was very “strict” with myself with as far as always writing back to was my grandma. She’s really the only one I would make myself sit down and write to. We did talk on the phone often as her and my grandpa got older but to them, the phone was to expensive. It’s just the way it was then so letters were always going back and forth. Others have written to me in the past and sadly, I just couldn’t always make myself write back. I felt horribly guilty at the time and I would so often start letters and would never finish and by the time I thought about it, I’d just start over and so the cycle continued. I sometimes find these half written letters in notebooks I’ve put away and laugh and remember that time in my life.
I got this last Thursday and I just can’t tell you how much it meant to me.
I guess you all noticed it’s from South Africa. Hhhmmm…I wonder who it’s from?? Yes it’s from our dear Audrey (Sanityfound). I normally don’t look through the mail at all. My husband does it. He puts my magazines in one pile and all “his” stuff (bills!!) in the other. There really isn’t much personal mail that comes anymore. I get almost all of mine online.
Imagine my surprise when he said “this must be from your friend in South Africa.” I about crapped and grabbed it and really did jump up and down like a child. I was so happy to get that personal touch from Audrey. She’s REALLY real. Well, duh!!! How corny does that sound???
I think this should be a really good reminder to us that our online friends are real people. They are living and breathing and have feelings and emotions and lives of their own. Do you ever find yourself maybe saying something to someone that maybe you shouldn’t? I know I’ve been very guilty of “stirring the pot” on blogs. Not so much on personal ones but the great big commercial ones. Still and all, people are real.
I’m mostly talking about the writers of blogs. I do feel there are “plants” on blogs and I do think some people are just plain rude and mean but I sometimes wonder if they just say and do some of the things they do to “get a rise” out of people or just on purpose to start blog wars. I know there have been times I just couldn’t seem to help myself and I’ve said things to people I shouldn’t have. You know, those times you were mad because the dog puked all over the place or you had a headache or your spouse ticked you off and you took it out on someone who had nothing to do with anything. You just said something stupid because you were in a pissy mood.
Let’s try and remember that we all are real live people and we all have feelings. This handwritten post card from Audrey put things into better perspective for me and I’m going to try harder to be nice and think of people that way.
Thanks Sanity. You get all the cookies today 😉