To Hold A Card In Your Hand...
Just a week ago in Judith Martin's MISS MANNERS column, a woman wrote that, at the loss of a parent, she received many sympathetic emails, texts, Facebook entries, and of course phone calls and messages... But no cards or letters by postal mail. And she was sad about that.
The "social network" does not have texture, it does not have the dearness of card rack musing, penned ink, crooked stamp, mailbox surprise.
Miss Manners sympathized, and agreed that "old fashioned" condolence touches the hurting heart in a very special way.