Boxes of Emails


I can’t remember the last time I penned a personal letter and put it in the mailbox. It’s kind of sad.  Not that I was great at doing that–but I did write letters at one point. I have boxes of letters written by my grandparents to each other. What will my grandchildren (if I have any) have from me, boxes of emails? Old suitcases of tweets? They will have drawings, and that’s good.

However, on the bright side, I am in touch with so many people now, and many of them are family and old friends. And they don’t have to decipher my handwriting.

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About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men, http://www.narrativemagazine.com/store/book/women-men
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2 Responses to Boxes of Emails

  1. Rob Husberg says:

    I LOVE this cartoon! A poignant subject indeed.
    Mailboxes are getting harder to find, and when you spot one,
    they have a forlorn, neglected look about them.

    Email printouts, when found years later in a box or drawer,
    will not have the smell of fine stationery or the wonderful
    tactile quality.

    The future autograph market will also suffer profoundly.

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