Today will be a big day for my oldest, seven-year-old Charlie:
He’s getting his very own e-mail address!
We’re setting him up with his own e-mail (that will be HIGHLY regulated by us, as in we will be checking his in-box for him and logging on with him side-by-side) and so he can write to his grandparents and family members.
How old was I when I first used e-mail? I was TWENTY years old and the year was 1995. This is how ancient I am:
- When I arrived at college in 1993, I owned a Smith-Carona word processor, not a computer!
- When I first started sending emails in 1995 (usually joke forwards like the Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe and run-downs of the Darwin Awards), I had to visit the college computer lab. This now reminds me of episodes of Little House on the Prairie, when the folks would walk over the general store to mail a letter.
- My first e-mail address was affiliated with my university and had to be surrendered upon graduation. I then used my work email for all personal communications (NOT SMART!) and entertained my office’s system administrator with my boy trouble-filled missives to friends and happy hour notices.
- I didn’t obtain my first web-based email addy which I could take with me no matter where I matriculated or worked or which Internet provider I used until 1998 (what a dummy!).
But although I was always woefully behind the times with email, as someone who adores to write and loves to connect with her family and friends, from the minute I got into this medium of communication, I was hooked.
Nowadays with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter that allow us to quickly ping our friends and send them shout-outs, a nice, newsy, personal EMAIL letter sent from one person to another is like gold. It’s the online equivalent of a fancy thank you note on engraved stationery. There is nothing more personal and loving and special these days than receiving a real, honest-to-goodness email from a friend or family member in your in-box.
So as Charlie embarks on his new email journey, I’m resolving to send more to my loved ones. I’ll be doing less @-ing and wallposts, and instead actually typing out the greeting “Dear”.
Here’s a cute video from Yahoo! Mail that Charlie and I enjoyed together…although he did point out that I don’t travel without him very much and have never been to China, so he’s going to be emailing Grandma in California instead!
Do you have a love affair with email too? Share your experiences on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #EmailLove. or better yet: send an email to someone you love!