Writing a Letter
When the email and mobile phone short message appeared, technology continued to improve, and a written letter was sentenced to death. And the decorative pattern of a letter paper also became a luxury. I remembered clearly how I progressed from letter to computer, and how my friendship was dragged apart by the instant message. It was my choice to abandon writing letters and follow the development of technology. Nevertheless, I missed the days when I could write to a friend by hand.
When I was in middle school, one of my best friends moved away. We missed each other deep in our hearts, so we began to exchange letters and share our stories. Every Tuesday, I squeezed into the janitor's tiny office and rummaged through numerous letters to search for hers. I opened the sealed envelopes with the light pen oil scent. There were cordial greetings and warm words, and they were sometimes accompanied by her own painting or funny cards. At the same time, I was immersed in the world of friendship. By that time, the letters entertained my boring school life.
After I graduated from middle school, I went to a remote school to continue my schooling. There were long queues to make a phone call, so I preferred to write letters. Some letters were sent to parents to lessen their fear. Some letters were sent to friends to encourage each other and to share joy or sad learning stories. When I moved to the United States, long distance calls were very expensive and the Internet wasn’t popular yet. I bought many different colorful patterned letter papers. I wrote letters to my friends in China. In the following two weeks, I expected their reply. Off the school bus, the first thing I liked to do was to check the mailbox every day. I danced around the mailbox when I received my letters. Our letters were thick due to infinite words, cares, and loves.
After I graduated from high school, I still received letters from my friends, but...