Email Killed My Pen Pal

When I was a kid

I had a pen pal

Bobby Vess

he lived in Tuscaloosa Alabama

and we’d send each other letters

and when his letter arrived

it was always one of the great thrills of the month

to hear of life in Tuscaloosa Alabama.

Now in this new Century

kids have access to Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Text Messaging

anything that takes less than a minute seems a waste of time

like the microwave makes food faster

but not healthier

we have turned correspondence into instant popcorn

and we eat and digest the kernels of communication

without tasting the roots of the crop

without appreciation of the hand that planted the seed

and the difference between an email and a hand written letter

is the space between now and infinity.

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8 thoughts on “Email Killed My Pen Pal

  1. redplace

    When I was a kid, I had a pen pal
    Miko Satou
    she lived in Miura, Kanagawa…

    Her letters were always (and still are) the thrill of the month.

    Thanks for sharing. This has been a nice stroll in Memory Lane.

    🙂

    Reply
    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Thank you for letting us share the stroll. I’m curious, how did you ever find your pen pal in Japan? Bobby and I met in Williamsburg, Virginia. Did you ever meet Miko?

      Reply
      1. redplace

        She was an exchange student at my primary school. It has been about 15 years since we first met. We’ve been writing to each other ever since then.

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