I spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy and every time I was deployed (several weeks to Japan before my wife joined me, 13 months in Antarctica, 12 months in the Middle East, 6 months in the South Indian Ocean, and 6 months in the Mediterranean), my wife wrote to me often, and I wrote to her often. We have 2 boxes of letters in the closet. PAPER letters.
It's sad that these women and men don't write REAL letters but depend on E-mail. How often does E-mail get deleted? They won't be able to share grandpa's letters with their grand kids. They won't be able to sit and re-read the words written with love if the husband dies first. My mother had letters wrapped in a ribbon in her closet written by my dad while he was in Europe during WW2. A lot of that will be lost because of E-mail.
I've heard women complain if their husband in Iraq doesn't E-mail her every day or doesn't call her once a week. When I was deployed, mail took 10 - 14 days one way. Phone calls? Too expensive when we did pull into port. In Antarctica (1972-73) we got no mail for over 6 months. And only a 'ham-gram' with 100 words max ever week...IF the ham radio stations could get through. We had no radio contact for several weeks one time because of sun spot activity.
Yup. it's sure sad that people don't write REAL letters much any more.
· 1 decade ago