Thoughts on Communication in a Life Overseas
“Now I’d better get busy on those dozens of Thank You notes.” – Wilma Duff (Rowe) (my mom), from an old letter of hers home to her mom and dad, when she was in college.
“Dear Mom and Dad, I have so many wonderful things to tell you I can hardly write!” – (same source as above)
Have been thinking a lot lately about the general topic of staying in touch, in a life overseas. Years ago, to be honest, I felt a bit smug in this area. As if I had a little “leg up”, in this always challenging area for the expatriate.
The bit of smugness came from the fact that I liked to write, and from the fact that because of the way I’d grown up I’d lived my whole life already writing weekly letters and/or emails to my loved ones.
In the past ten years that smugness has been irrevocably, completely shattered, which is good, since it was arrogant of me to think in my secret heart of hearts that I was so good because I wrote letters and emails and answered peoples’ communications. I’m THANKFUL, now, that God chose to blast away my damaging pride and wrong kind of auto-sufficiency, in this area of staying in touch with loved ones and friends.
The whole thing seems to have changed; a lot of people aren’t using email much anymore. And, the self-expectation to answer a communication, unless it’s business, doesn’t seem to be there as strongly.
I find myself at a loss sometimes, as to how to try to stay in touch. What are the answers here?
This entry was posted on April 25, 2015 by niñadesusojos. It was filed under Community Life, crossing the International Date Line, Writing and was tagged with a life overseas, communications, emails, expatriates, letters, phone calls, Skype, staying in touch.