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?