My daughter is not the only one to whom I send notes or cards. I send notes or cards to others, to let them know they are thought of fondly or encourage them when they are having a rough time.
I never expect a response; these notes are not part of an ongoing correspondence. No, writing is the best way for me to communicate what I am thinking.
Writing, rather than a telephone call, allows me to weigh my words; to revise my choice of words and make sure my point is clear.
I have always preferred writing letters. I have always hated talking on the phone…even as a teenager. I have a couple friends who will call me to chat; and while I am always happy to hear from them, and very glad they continue to call me, it is unlikely I will initiate a call to them.
Oddly enough, I don’t like texting or messaging very much either….better than a phone call, but not nearly as good as a letter.
And while I never expect to receive a note or letter in response to my own, I am tickled on those rare occasions when I do receive one.
And how do I feel about in-person conversations? Well, that’s a topic for another day.