My kids don’t know how to address a letter. Well, some of them don’t, and I take most of the responsibility, and blame the rest on technology.
“Why are you writing the town right after the street address?” I asked Max. He was addressing a package with a Christmas gift for a friend.
“What do you mean?” he asked.
“That goes on a separate line,” I said.
“Sammy, can you address a letter?” He was sitting in the living room with us.
“I just learned. I had to ask someone for help at the Post Office,” he said. I wanted to slam the heel of my hand on my forehead. A few times.
It was then that I realized I had never officially taught them to address a letter or package the old school way, the snail mail way. Tyler knew, but that’s only because he was fourteen when he got his first basic cell phone.
I asked the boys if I could share this information and they said it’s fine. This lack of knowledge is one of the many products of the technology boom, but I wonder what else I have failed to teach them because of smart phones and computers.
So, ask your kids to address a letter. Be sure they know how so you can spare yourself the reddened cheeks and shameful head bow.