An evening writing longhand

It wasn’t until I was walking to the bus yesterday when I realized I had left my laptop in the office.  I was THAT out of it.  No wonder my tote felt lighter — much lighter — than it usually did.  Not having the tote actually allowed me to spend some time writing longhand and continuing to read THE CONFESSION.  It’s pretty easy on the heart and mind, and although it is a frank account of his sexual awakening, it is far from a gaudy account of his promiscuity.  I suppose writing was cathartic for McGreevey — you can actually feel it as layer upon layer of his burden peeled away.

Thank you, Jerome, for the kudos on writing longhand.  It is something I enjoy very much if only I had enough time to indulge in it.  I only write long letters, though, to those who I know have the patience to read it.  Technology has a way of diminishing the emotion of the written word.  Holding the letter in your hands is so different from actually reading something onscreen.  Sometimes I find it more helpful to actually print out an e-mail and read it.

During Alan’s and my courtship, we exchanged a ton of e-mails which I printed out for the benefit of the US Embassy.  We also continually exchanged cards and I have more than a shoebox full of them to show for it after I arrived here.  I left the e-mail print outs in Manila and threw them away, but hotmail got one over me when it deleted them when my account lay dormant for a while the first few months I was here. =(  Gone.  But I have my cards from those early days.. and I have a lot.  I would love for Angel to see them when he is older so he can see how our love story unfolded, just as we hope the postcards will be an abbreviated diary of how we felt at certain points in time during his early life.

Although e-mailing is much faster, letters written longhand are more enduring.  That’s why I still believe in Christmas cards as opposed to e-cards or Christmas greetings.  Mas feel.

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