Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Slow Letter

A letter to a friend. We went to law school together and were commissioned as Army officers on the same day. I was with the Criminal Investigation Command while he served with the Army Security Agency and our paths have continued to cross because we've made an effort to keep in touch. He's now practicing law and living in a scenic New Mexican town. We've made plans to meet in a few months although I'll be talking with him much sooner.

In the meantime, a letter. We scrawl so many notes in the course of a year that it is a nice change to write at least one slow letter. A fountain pen is required since it adds to the feel as the words are formed. The secret is in the pace. Points can be better made and stories fully developed when there is no rush.

Each note bears the gifts of time and attention.


Richard (Rick) Georges said...

Just because you communicate via email and other electronic methods doesn't mean you have to rush. Like tools, it is the user, not the tool, that demonstrates efficacy or failure. (Comment considered over time, and delivered by electrons)

Michael Wade said...


That may work for you but I find that I write differently depending upon the tools. That's why I carefully write my blog posts in fountain pen across the monitor before typing them in.


Richard (Rick) Georges said...

Actually, using the digital pen with the Galaxy Note II, you can do just that. :-)