Cards marking major events in my life, letters from family and friends, and an autograph book, containing not the names of celebrities but classmates from school and college, are amongst my precious hoard of sentimental treasures. They are reminders of days and years gone by, of times both happy and sad. As I gathered them of
this photograph I marvelled at how many letters and cards I had exchanged with loved ones, some of whom have sadly passed away.
Now of course, it's all done electronically. While I love email and have yet to be convinced of the benefit of facebook, twitter et al, I regret the passage of letter writing. Electronic messaging is wonderful in many ways, affording instant communication with family and friends on the other side of the world, but it cannot be stored in a keepsake box or hidden away in the bottom of a drawer to be re-read bringing pleasure in years to come.