We asked W to put a letter in the mailbox as we were strolling down the street to a restaurant for lunch in Boston this summer. He looked at me and asked in all seriousness, " What does it look like?" I wasn't surprised that he didn't know. Not only is he a TCK, and had not lived in the US for a long time but in this day & age, how often do we even mail letters the old-fashioned way, especially the younger generation?
I had always enjoyed receiving & writing letters from young. Letters to my grandparents, postcards from abroad, pen pals....every time the postman came, I would eagerly look for mail for me. It was our way of keeping connected across long distances.
Over the last 20 years, my letter writing has dwindled to close to Zero as we now use email/text/Facebook/Skype/Whatsapp to keep in touch. But somehow, I feel that even though we are so connected, we are more disconnected from each other than before.