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.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."