Yesterday my 17 year old son wanted to send a letter to Honduras to one of the kids he met while there. I handed him the envelope and the mailing address of where to send it, and then our conversation went like this …

ME: “Here you go, let me know if you need any help.”
PARKER (looking confused): “How do you do it?”
ME (Confused about his question): “How do you do what?” I said.
PARKER: “How do I mail a letter?”
ME: “What do you mean, how do you mail a letter?”
PARKER: “Dad, I don’t even know what I’m supposed to write on this envelope or where to write it.”
ME: “Okay, just start by putting your return address on it.”
PARKER: “What’s a return address?”
ME: “Dude, haven’t you ever mailed a letter?”
PARKER: “No, why should I, I have email, texting and Facebook. Why would I ever send a letter.”
At that point it hit me that he was being serious. My 17 year old son had never mailed a letter. I realized too, just how much had changed in the past few years in the way we communicate with people and our families. I guess nothing ever stays the same, including the way we send information and communicate with those we love.
All change has both its pros and cons, but when it comes to change … good or bad … like it or not … things will change and we must adapt. I think it’s great that my 76 year old mother has learned to adapt to change. In the past few years she has learned to email and text just so she can communicate with her children and grandchildren. She’s adapted well.
Like it or not, things are changing … are you ready for it?

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  1. Tim Archer says:

    Someday they'll say, "You used to TALK on a phone?"


  2. Janice Garrison says:

    My husband doesn’t like all this technology for himself. He won’t carry a cell phone or use a computer. He likes it that I do, he just won’t take that leap. Me, I can’t imagine being without either and I’m constantly amazed about how much little kids know about computers. I didn’t learn how to use one until the early 80’s.
    I just hope my grandkids don’t ever ask me if I ever owned a covered wagon. That would really hurt! 

  3. Sarah says:

    His 2nd grade teacher is appalled that you posted this: We did a unit on letters in 2nd grade!!!!!

  4. Haley says:

    Seriously . . . the kid hasn't ever sent a Thank You note or anything? *Note to self; someday when I have kids make them write letters.

  5. Rev. Mike says:

    I know how it is. It's been so long since a sent off a letter that I had to seriously think about how much it costs to buy one stamp. (44 cents :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you son, I like the blog. I try to change, it's not always easy. Parker sent me letters continually before he started to school in Tulia. Every one had scribbles on the letter and his sweet Mom put them envelopes and put on real stamps. I would write him back. He liked my letters, I still have his. Love you, Your 76 year old mother. I'm glad one of yours and my favorite bloggers is 80+. I never rode in a covered wagon either. But one of your sister's (Cindy) once asked your Dad if he had been a pilgrim. lol

  7. Bob says:

    After he masters letter writing, you might want to show him how to write a check. Or maybe not.

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Janice – There are still a few out there in this world like your hubby :) The cool thing is, we can talk about them here and they'll never know it. LOL

    Sarah – I'm sure he did these a long time ago, and I'm sure his 2nd grade teacher would be appalled.

    Haley – He has sent lots of thank you notes, but they've been notes we've addressed for him. Never knew we needed to let him do one.

    Mike – I hand wrote a note the other day and noticed how bad my penmanship had become, and then I remembered that I don't hand-write anything anymore.

    Mom – Love you too.

    Bob – Debit Cards :)

  9. jel says:

    ya hear of the song
    (torn between lovers) well I'm torn betwwen snailmail and email !
    not that I get that much of the 2,

    tell me this, What are people going to do, when and if something happens to all this technology, and they have to go back to the old ways !

    That would make a good movie of the week wouldn't it :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Ok Ok, so I didn't know how to mail a letter! Big woop! I don't even remember second grade :( Some one could tell me I never attended second grade, I might believe them. And I do know how to write a check!!

    Parker :)

  11. Jenschke Family says:

    Ok, I have to agree with Sarah. Kids address envelopes all the way through grade school. Maybe he just forgot. But, I would almost promise he has addressed an envelope before.

    Garrett has to address anywhere from 20-50/year because he sends thank you notes for gifts and donations for his livestock projects!

    Just give him some envelopes for practice….they are cheap! LOL

  12. Cornelius Crew says:

    That doesn't surprise me at all! That has gone by the wayside like using phonebooks(Does anybody use those things anymore?) or Maps? Just look at mapquest or your GPS on your phone! And your mom sent me a video from youtube the other day! YOUTUBE! She's with it!

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