Tuesday, February 16, 2010


With the exception of an occasional greeting card or a hastily jotted note left in the kitchen (i.e. "Mom, Mrs. [insert illegible name here] called,") I rarely get handwritten notes from my children, and even more seldom from extended family.

I was thinking that there should be a way to collect all the e-mails and text messages I receive instead, keeping them tied up with a ribbon and stored in a shoe box, the way I've saved all my letters from college friends and pen pals from years ago.

I would include all of those little notes that seem like nothing, but years later would bring back memories and make me smile. Notes like these, a sampling of text messages from the past few days:

Hey Aunt Karen, Brandi or I will call you with our plan of attack (from my nieces, coming to stay with me this week).

A series of texts from son #2, five minutes before curfew (no, he wasn't driving;):
I'm on my way. . .
Be there in a few minutes. . .
Make that 20 minutes . . . sorry
So here I sit, IV in hand, waiting for a colonoscopy . . . (from my sis-in-law; thanks to texting, I probably wouldn't have received such a missive from her at this exact moment in time, 10 years ago).

Let me know if I can do anything for you. . . (from Kathy . . . this could have been in reply to any number of events in my life from "my roof caved in" to "I have a hangnail.")

Tue 0600. Don't sweat it. (from my brother, the Army guy)

And a series of texts from another brother, attending my niece's volleyball tournament:
Win game 1. . .25/19
Lost game 2 . . . 20/25.
Game 3..15/6
Game 4. ..Good old ass whoopin . . . 12 to 25

And from my other brother . . . (never mind, this is a family-friendly blog)

From my daughter, another series of texts (obviously, I was doing all the "talking"):

And even a love letter from my DH:
Miss you xoxo

I guess the upside of all this is that texting offers just one more way to reach out and touch someone!



Joanne said...

Cute. The fun will be in deciphering the text code years from now, it'll seem like a foreign language.

In a While, Crocodile ...

Sharon said...

I have an "other" brother like that too...;)

I have saved a note from my then teen son, who was in rebellion -- I always say that he thankfully fell short of total disrespect for my mothering....after all, he did leave me a note expressing his anger, etc.

By God's grace, he will turn 30 this July :)

Jen said...



Yes I too am learning the text language.....

After while crocodile!

Becky said...

Hahaha ... oh I loved this. I just today got a note in the mail ... handwritten ... from my 19 yr old, inserted in an envelope of mail that he sent to us. I have it hanging on the fridge!!

Inglesidemom said...

I am a texting loser. I have only done it once or twice and thought my fingers where going to fall off.

She Was Old Fashioned said...

HI Karen, oh so sorry you have the colonoscopy done today. Eeeks!!! I pray all goes well for you. I don't text, haven't wanted to get into that as of yet. I feel it would take to much time from my life with messages from everyone all the time. My husband I both feel the same way. I guess we are old fashioned in that way. My kids would like to see us try it though. LOL! I pray all goes well and you're in great health. I had that done last year I think? I hate it so much! big hugs to you!

Karen said...

I appreciate all comments and post everything, unless I find it mean or offensive (which has never happened), or spam (which happens a lot.)

But, just to clarify -- I didn't have a colonoscopy today. My sister-in-law did, about a week ago. And when I had mine a year ago, I didn't text anyone;)

Barb Hartsook said...

Hi Karen. I love the part about wrapping all the texts and emails in a ribbon. Now if we could just print them all out on pretty -- and varied, of course -- papers, that would make it perfect.

P.S. I'm glad you clarified the colonoscopy thing -- I had you pictured awkwardly texting away... haha.

diana said...

so very true. even though our texts are short, abbreviated, and at times, frivolous, they are pieces of communication that we didn't have before. and for that reason, they could be considered priceless.

Anita said...

I probably have every letter written to me. When email started replacing letters, I wanted to save them, but it's too many. I won't have those memories "on paper." But, as you said, the upside is more communication.