I’m not much for phone calls. My family has always lived in another city or country from other family members and friends, and I learned early on about keeping in touch with others via the written word.
I remember my mom writing and receiving letters from her friends in England and in Canada (when we lived in Texas). I picked up on her influence and kept in touch with my friends when we moved. Things got a lot easier (and the wait time between communications got shorter) when Yahoo! was introduced in our home.
It isn’t just old friends that I could keep in contact with via email—making new friends that I would not have known otherwise was a major bonus of being online. I remember going to websites of my favourite bands and then emailing the people who worked on them, asking them all sorts of information, eventually getting to know them well enough to consider them as friends.
I don’t get regular emails from everyone, but it is always nice to hear from people whenever I do. Every special occasion or holiday I look forward to checking my email. I know I’ll be receiving an email from my uncle with a special message and a few new photos of the family attached.
With everyone in my extended family spread out throughout the continent, and the world, Yahoo! is necessary to keep connected and send the love. It always puts a smile on my face to receive e-cards with a personal message included as well. When I am out of the country travelling, I am especially happy to get this kind of email. It isn’t always possible to talk to my mom or dad on the phone, but I receive an email from them and I know they love me and are thinking of me.
Sending love across the miles. . .this video really captures the sentiment well:
I really like the way I’ve been able to use technology to keep in touch with my family. My mom especially enjoys emailing me photos and information on the goings-on back home. For instance, she recently wrote to me telling me about how she is teaching some of her elderly friends how to use computers and send emails!
Have you been able to teach your parents or elderly family members how to use email? Do you keep in touch with your family via email?