Emee.chan remembered her friend's first crush and how she wrote a letter to him.
When she was in 5th grade
S met J, who came all the way
He was far from home,
In a foreign country.
He took guitar lessons
Held by S's father.
He was the first boy
She gushed to me about,
That much I can remember.
She really liked him, but
There was one problem.
They didn't understand
Each other's language well.
S wanted to somehow tell him
How much she likes him, but
Her English wasn't that good
At that point in time.
So as we sat in class one day,
She turned to me and said,
"Please help me write a letter
To J, since your English is great!"
We took a piece of paper and,
Being careful not to get scolded
For not paying attention in class,
Started working on a letter for J.
She told me what to write while
I translated her words in English.
That was the first time I helped
Someone write a letter.
It happened so long ago that
The letter's content is practically
Erased from my memory, but
I can say it was cute with certainty.
They kept in touch when he returned
To America and a few years later
They started dating in highschool.
I guess it was a good idea of hers
To write a love letter of sorts,
To write to J, her first real crush
And later on her boyfriend.
We replaced the smell of paper for the inceseant clicking on our computers. In my opinion, handwritten letters expressed so much more because there was effort put into every word written in ink, in comparison to today, when you just type up what you want to say and click the send button. True, emails arrive much faster and you can be sure they won't get lost on the way to its recipient, but...that feeling of anticipation, of us buzzing with excitement while waiting for our letter to arrive, that's what's lacking in this cold world of machines. Simply put, it lacks FEELING. It lacks the INTIMACY.
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