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I recently sat down to write an e-mail, a lengthy one. It occurred to me while I was doing this that e-mails are really not that exciting. Not nearly as exciting as a regularly posted letter is. Naturally, that got me thinking. It took me two hours to write that e-mail (It was only a few paragraphs, by the way.).

By now, I’m sure that you’ve noticed my penchant for older things, antiques. I am, at times, surprisingly old-fashioned. I am still refusing to purchase a “smart” phone and whenever I’m asked to utilize one I dissolve into a puddle of goo just trying to unlock the cursed thing. I am mocked for this, you should know. Letters fall into that category of things that I wish weren’t digital. I still have letters from a friend in England, from my parents, and even some from another friend who was an amateur artist decorating his envelopes with various cartoons and pencil drawings. I love receiving mail. When I see that I have messages in my inbox, I am not nearly as giddy as when I open up my mailbox to find a hand-addressed envelope waiting for me. Is there a reason? Not one that I can determine as yet. E-mails are just letters put into a digital universe. Somehow, though, I feel like they lack something.

It’s a lot like my dislike for e-readers. I want a book, real pages to turn. A couple of folks in my family have moved on to these devices and we tease one another about the pros and cons of each. None of us have been convinced to change our minds. No surprise there, really.

What does that make me? I like to touch, to feel. While an e-book or an e-mail are still written by whoever it is I am wanting to hear from, I feel so much more separated from them. It’s ironic because I thoroughly enjoy reading the blogs of authors I follow; they make me feel closer to them. Go figure.

Maybe it’s because I feel that the digital world lacks a kind of personalization that we used to have. I suppose I just need to sit down and accept the fact that things are different now. Personalizing e-mails and e-books and e-cards still happens; it’s just different.

Change. So many things come down to that, don’t they?

Z.

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