Do you receive letters this time of year from family or friends that enumerate all their significant events of the past year? Some of the events are wonderful and some of the events are horrific. For some reason, these people think we want to read a one or two page letter reiterating things that, if we are close family or close friends, we already know.
We don’t receive a lot of these letters, but when we do, it is always amazing to read the personal and sometimes inappropriate information that makes up the body of the letter. And don’t get me started on the religious inferences that are found in the conclusion. We don’t need to hear how Jesus has blessed you all year long, after you have told us what a terrible year it has been.
Is it the best year ever or the worst year ever? Make a choice. Or has this just been a typical year like we all have, with highs and lows? So, if you’re going to send us a letter anyway, at least stop and think carefully about the content. Are you looking for sympathy, congratulations, or do you just need to get it off your chest?
And how about the letters and cards that come from an acquaintance you have not heard from or spoken to since last year’s letter. The year has gone by fast, but not so fast that, if you really are a friend, didn’t you have time to say “Howdy” sometime around July or August? Hell, at my age every year goes by fast.
Then there are the cards that say, “Let’s get together,” or “I wish we could visit sometime soon.” Again, why do you say those things at Christmas time, with no intention of making the effort to make it happen any other time during the year? Is it just me, or do you feel sucked into their drama. I want to say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”
I know this post will offend some of you, and I realize that a greeting once a year seems better to you than none at all. But let’s be honest. People seem to send these letters and cards out of some sense of obligation. They have a list of “contacts” that must receive some sort of communication at this time of year. Please don’t waste the stamp on us, it isn’t working.
I like to communicate with my friends on an on-going basis year round. So to those, I send a heart felt greeting now, and you know I will be in touch before next year.