When Norm and I started dating, there weren’t computers that we could use to stay in touch. When he was first stationed in Germany, it was too expensive to call long distance. So we stayed in touch through letter writing.
Our daily letters to each other is how we got to truly know each other. We learned about each other’s goals, fears, etc. Years later, when we had been married for a while, he deployed to Southwest Asia on three separate occasions, so we went back to writing letters again. Besides the authorized weekly phone call, these letters were the only way to stay connected. Then enter the computer age.
Thank god for the age of computers! Because we live in our RV we need to travel south during the winter, leaving our parents, children and grandchildren in Wisconsin. Being separated from them is pretty tough on me, but, because it is the age of computers, we have the technology to stay connected with them. Weekly Skype sessions help us stay connected to the grandchildren but I cannot strictly depend on Skype.
I have had to revert back to letter writing! My parents aren’t computer literate, so even though I call them weekly, I can better paint a picture for them through my words. My letters are filled with descriptions of the people we meet and what I see on my daily walks through the desert. My grandchildren get periodic postcards from New Mexico because what child doesn’t like to receive mail?
When it comes to our children, it is easier to stay in touch with them because we use emails, text messages and phone calls. We all have good cellular phone plans, so it doesn’t matter where we call or what we call. And even though we all lead busy lives, it takes but a few minutes to send or reply to a text or email.
Despite the ease of staying connected through technology, there is nothing better than a personal visit to stock up on hugs and kisses. I just wish there was a way to bottle them and store them for those lonely days away from home.