HELLO WORLD? IS THAT YOU OUT THERE?
My husband and I are constantly attached to our phones. Whether we’re clocked in for work, streaming a dance party for the kiddos or just window shopping private jets, that little piece of plastic and metal is never too far out of reach. We admit it’s gotten a bit out of hand.
So naturally, and I’m sure we’re not alone, the resolution of less interaction with our electronics and more interaction with literally anything else seemed like a reasonable goal. We’ve been reading books made out of paper again. Last week we walked outside of our house and looked at the sun. We’ve even been talking to other people with our mouths…in person.
Another one of the ways we’ve been able to fill that 10-12 hour void each day has been by reverting to an archaic form of communication. The handwritten note.
The older I get the more I’m starting to understand the importance of handwritten notes. My generation has the ability to send mass texts to entire groups of people in lieu of a thank you note. Poor teenage girls have relationships burst into flames because of an emoji. We can push three buttons on our phone and thirty minutes later a full sushi spread is knocking at the door. Once again we confess. We’ve become a little detached.
So to combat the addiction the hubs and I have decided to write each other a handwritten message once a week for 52 weeks. We’re not expected to channel our inner Nicholas Sparks but maybe a note like this can reset the button on a rough week with the kids or the potential devastation of a loss in the Super Bowl. Who knows?
What we do know is that receiving a hand written note anymore now has layers of thought put into it. Instead of clicking ‘New Message’ you are required to locate a piece of paper. Instead of typing away on a keyboard you now need to find one of the 439 missing pens that have all managed to find their way to the bottom of your couch. Instead of hitting the ‘Send’ button you have to dig your car out of the snow, purchase postage and then wait 4-6 days before you know that the message went through. Thanks to our mothers we’ve been doing it all along but now we’re starting to see the method to the madness.
We are really enjoying reintroducing ourselves to the world and we recommend everyone takes a few extra minutes each day to find some way to do the same. Oh and if you want to join us in the hand written message journey we have a pretty reliable source for stationery.