we used to wait

i had a penpal in russia when i was a kid, and i remember writing to him on occasion. When he wrote back it was in russian & translated by someone into english. it was the coolest thing i think our school kept going. i never knew when a letter would come in the mail but there was the coolest feeling when something would arrive. 

theses days, words travel so fast & there's a much more high demand for immediate responses. I wonder if we make decisions too quickly as a result. I also think tone gets lost through texting & instant messaging. the closest thing i've found to help is the use of emoticons - which don't necessarily work every time. 

I do wish people still sent letters by mail from time to time. i remember how you could almost read what a person was saying better when you could see how they wrote each word. or if a line had been crossed out and then rewritten. i really love those moments.