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Printed from https://www.writing.com/main/books/entry_id/983579-Hello
Rated: E · Book · Personal · #2220524
My first attempt at something like this so it should be an interesting ride.
#983579 added May 14, 2020 at 5:35pm
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Hello?
What was the best/worst letter or email you ever received or wrote? Write about the situation surrounding that letter, and why it was so significant.

When the world turned pear-shaped like most people, I was sent home from work and told that I might not be needed in the future. Like most people in my situation I started to watch the news stations to see if I could find out what was happening in my neck of the woods and further afield.

It didn’t take me long to realise that the news on TV, radio and internet wasn’t going to satisfy my needs. I needed news about family and friends.

I don’t do the Face Bum, Instaglam and other social media outlets so I decided that I would contact as many of my friends that I could by e mail.

I wrote a long letter/email rambling on about all kinds of nonsense as if I were talking to my friends over a cold beer. Laughing, shooting the breeze and just being friends.

I then scrolled through the dregs of my email address book and sent the email to as many friends/family as I could. There were big possibilities that some of the addresses would be extinct so I asked people to forward the message to anyone that they could think of that I had left off my list.

Within the first twenty-four hours of me hitting “Send” I received one reply. I was a little bit disappointed. That evening I went to bed thinking that my friends had forgotten about me.

The next morning, I was up to my neck in email replies! I hadn’t accounted for different time zones and young families finding time to write.

Ha-ha, success. I had some wonderful messages from all corners of the world. Friends were telling me about their growing young families, their new jobs since we last seen each other. And because everyone who replied hit the “Reply All” button everyone could read each other’s replies.

Everyone got a kick out of hearing news about normal people instead of the dross the media throw at us.

So, I like to think that my one rambling email shed a little bit of sunshine over a distressed world.


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