The Importance of Communication

Getting mail is basically the best thing ever unless it’s junk that is. But when it’s from your best friend it’s awesome! (Well I guess my puppy got mail, not me.)

This got me thinking about how important correspondence is. In this technology age it is easy to rely on Internet, text messaging, or Facebook to maintain long distance friendships. A busy schedule has enabled me to neglect some of the most important people to me. I got a degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism, I love writing, I talk all the time so why am I having so much trouble maintaining relationships?

So I have decided to do something about it.

I love watching comedies on television. A couple of my favorite shows are Friends, Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development, The League, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Michael & Michael Have Issues, Workaholics, Party Down, and last but definitely NOT least Parks and Recreation. (Don’t worry this all has something to do with correspondence.)

If you are not a fan (which you should be!), the show is centered around Amy Poehler who plays a quirky, eccentric, obsessed with her job, government worker who is also running for city council in the silliest town on television. The cast is built of amazing actors who crack me up weekly. In addition to being generally amazing, Leslie Knope is a killer best friend. She throws something called Galentine’s Day for her best friends where she spoils them with gifts, compliments, and love. It’s awesome!

I want Leslie Knope to be my best friend and you should too. So I am setting out to be a better long distance friend. I have an amazing set of close friends and family one of which has put up with me since age 8. It all started with an invitation to the “Monkat Club” for cat lovers, creative minds, and curious imaginations. It has been 15 years and I still have the exact same things in common with her including a love of Parks and Recreation and Leslie Knope.

I would love to be able to squeeze all my wonderful friends into one town. However pending moving plans are most likely going to put a couple thousand miles and a few states between myself and my close friends and family. I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my beautiful college friends below.

I managed to get a 5 minute conversation out of my phone-hating little brother yesterday.At the end, he joked that if I gave him a quarter he would spend more time on the phone with me. Well I will let him win for the smile that it will put on his face.

“What would you buy if I gave you a quarter?” “I don’t know. Maybe some gum if Mom lets me.” I wish I could experience the simplicity of being a nine-year-old again. Save those quarters little brother!

Pending the discovery of Harry Potter Apparition and Floo Powder magic I will remain living far away from all these wonderful people I love. The solution: phone calls, post cards, letters, text messages, visits. Challenge accepted: I will be like Leslie Knope! AND Challenge extended: Write a letter to an old friend, send your mom a package for Mother’s Day, call everyone you love more often.

I have got all kinds of projects planned for the upcoming weeks. My “to do list” is packed with all kinds of secret meaning so it is much longer than it looks!

Stay tuned for more Down Shannon Lane.


2 thoughts on “The Importance of Communication

  1. I wonder what would happen if a person were to commit to writing one heart felt letter a week for a year and actually mailing it? People commit to running, volunteering, all sorts of things, why not letter writing? I think I might try it – thanks for inspiring thoughts on relationships.

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