In praise of letter writing

My only sister – and of course, my favourite sister! – has reminded me of the joy of receiving a letter in the mail. Before I expand on her recent letters, I want to share a little more about Susan, who resides with her husband in rural Alberta. Over the course of her many years living in the wild rose country, our communication has mostly been through the telephone plus, of course, cards at Christmas and birthdays. I consider her old school – that’s as far as I’ll go – when it comes to the Internet. She’s more comfortable picking up the phone than clicking on Outlook to send me an email. I was perfectly happy with the phone calls as it provided ample time to catch up; however, I often teased her about not keeping up with technology and the Internet. Well, she shocked me a few years back, when, out of nowhere, she sent a text to my phone. This proved to be another great opportunity to stay connected with my sister. Well, she surprised me again a few months ago, when I received from her a letter in the mail. At first, I thought it might be bad news that she only wanted to share on paper instead over the phone. Continue reading →

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