How I wish I saved all my letters. Especially during my childhood when I started jotting down notes my mother would send to my father abroad. When my father retired from his overseas work he brought all the letters he received from everyone back home. Unfortunately, everything was lost when we moved out of Manila, save some notes at the back of old photographs.
Now that everything is digital and on line I wonder how the future generation would react when they find out that there was once a time when letters were handwritten and delivered by mail. They would probably laugh at it being so darn tech uncool like our generation do when we hear people reading filipino hispano poetry.
There’s no denying the fact that technology has helped us enormously. I use e-mail a lot, at work and at home, I rarely write letters these days and when I do write using an old fountain pen, I do for nostalgic reasons.
There’s something about hand writing exactly what you think and feel on a sheet of paper, putting it on an envelope, sealing it with your “laway” and dropping it off at the post office. This, sadly, would be all obsolete in a tech powered future where even a signature is digitalized!