Sometime back my sister got me a 1947 edition of Edgar A. Guest's collected verse. Inside the book was a little newspaper clipping. Here's what it said.
Keeping in touch by phone may be the next best thing to being there but it's also the next most expensive. And it's costing you even more now than it used to.
Next time you feel the urge to communicate with Mom or the kids or friends, leave the phone on the hook and write a letter. It may be quite a shock at first but your fingers will get the hang of writing instead of dialing so you'll say more for less.
Besides, your mother can't re-read a phone call.
Please send your old-fashioned thrift ideas to Katie Hess, Register and Tribune Syndicate, 715 Locust St., Des Moines, Ia. 50304