I remember the first time I learned about the concept of email. It was while I was in college, and it was merely a way for my French teacher to send out our homework assignments and keep track of what we were working on. I checked it MAYBE once a week. I couldn’t imagine at that point the huge role that email would play in my life.
Over time, the uses of email spread outside of the classroom. In grad school, there was a dude in my program who sent out Dave Barry’s columns (at first it was kind of fun; then it was annoying). I didn’t have internet access at home (can you imagine??) so I only checked email a few times a week on campus.
Once I got out of grad school, the use of email exploded, at least in the work world. It was a daily way to communicate with my team at work, but I still didn’t use it for personal use.
When I got knocked up with my first kid (Ben, 1997) I joined a listserv for women pregnant and due the same month. WOW! That was amazing — I was creating this online community and could see how you could get to know people online as closely — if not more so — than in “real life.”
That was the beginning of the end!
Now, not ten minutes go by of awake time that I don’t think about my email… the ones I’ve got to answer, the ones I’m receiving, the ones I’m missing while I’m in a movie or asleep. My life in many ways revolves around my in-box, and it’s time I document this love affair with a scrapbook page. I’ll share the results later this week. But until then, here’s a cute little video for you from Yahoo! I love the sentiment of sharing in this little clip (just a few seconds long), and I love that I can share my photos in yet another way with my loved ones. Because for me, that’s what email is all about — another way to communicate about the things that are important to me, with the people who are important to me. (If you have trouble viewing the video, click here.)