My Love Affair with Email

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Mommy Friends, where would we be without email?  Easy, on the phone with our kids screaming in the background.

Thankfully we don’t have to be.  Whether laptop, desktop, smart phone or iPad – email is there, always there.

If ever a method of modern communication deserved a love letter, it would be the almighty email, so here it goes:

My Beloved Email,

Thank you for being the least intrusive method of private communication out there.  Anytime – day or night, weekends or holidays; you’re there – politely waiting to deliver what I have to say without fear of waking someone or making me mask a telling tone in my voice.  You not only make the exchange of information possible, you make it polite.

Thank you for being as professional or casual as I need you to be based upon my email address.  My “Loligirl1” email addy was chosen when I was 20 – to this day loligirl1 gets all the party invitations, crazy forwards and gossip from friends.  My “Lorigarcia” email address is way more professional, this is where all the email alerts and job postings find me.  Lastly, “Yourmommyfriendlori” – well, that’s my Mommyfriend email addy and where I get to hear from you! 

Thank you for allowing the students and employees of the world to email in sick rather than call.  The dreaded “sick voice” takes way too much practice and hardly ever comes off sounding authentic, even when it is.

Thank you for diligently working to weed the spam out of our inbox even if we have yet to do so in our pantries.

Thank you for never judging my obsessive-compulsive tendencies: Refresh, refresh, refresh.

Thank you for teaching us how much our words matter.  We’ve learned valuable lessons pertaining to email etiquette that include but are never limited to: typing in all caps, red bold font and the vital difference between Cc: and Bcc:.

Thank you for the ever awesome, sometimes wacky, lifesaving and absurdly hilarious Fw:’s.

Thank you for delivering breaking news, car chase alerts, fraud alerts, Facebook alerts and Twitter adds.  You are a social media maven’s dream.

Thank you for delivering some of the most amazing news, pictures, articles and innovations of our lives.  We’ve seen successes, sorrows and connections from those we feared we had lost touch with.

Thank you saving every last one of us from delivering news we were too chicken to share in person: admissions of love, apologies, break-ups, big announcements, resignations, good-bye’s and on and on.  Because honestly, sometimes out loud is just too hard. 

 Most of all dear email, thank you allowing us to say what we need to say how we need to say it.

Check out this fun Yahoo! Mail video I know we can all relate to:

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  1. I love email, too! And facebook and all the fun technology!!! Hip hip hurrah!!!

  2. Email is beautiful but can I just say I’d love to get a letter or note in my mailbox? It’s been so long.

  3. Buckwheat says:

    I work nights so email allows me to quietly correspond with the world while it sleeps. I too have my separate email accounts for my different needs. I love that life can be organized in this way!! Love you ode to email!

  4. My work policies specifically forbid emailing or texting to “call” in sick, bummer. But lucky for those that can!

  5. Oh, I do love this post – and so very, very true!
    Beats trying to keep up with a Twitter stream any day, butting into convo’s when you are not sure if you should … RT’ing, Dm’ing ack … yes, LOVE e-mail!

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