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My father wrote letters

To move or not to move... That is the question
Thank You, I Feel Better

Lord knows that COVID-19 has given us a great deal of time to think about, well…. just about anything. Maybe we have too much time to think and that is the problem.

Our outlets to enjoy… going to exercise, seeing friends and family, going out to enjoy a meal with friends, seems to now be on a wish list we will give to Santa; but of course, only if Santa wears a mask and he protects his reindeer.

With a little time on my hands I began cleaning out some of my files, and “stuff” that never seemed to make it out in time for my garbage pickup….and then I found some treasures.

When my father died, almost 20 years ago, I took a lot of his papers and files and just never made the time to go through them. Now, when I had the time, I started to find that my father wrote a great number of letters to anyone: his kids, namely me, friends, and surprisingly politicians and statesmen, and stateswomen. They were soul searching letters, impassioned letters, complimenting letters and letters of encouragement, and some with criticism.

What made these letters unique: He never sent them. They were letters he wrote when he was stressed or worried. It was his way of letting off steam and he felt he had no other outlet.

I saw a great letter he wrote to then-President, Nixon. My father advised that President Nixon do a mea culpa during Watergate. As my father advised, just come clean, say you’re sorry, and then see what the result will be. An interesting letter as my father was a democrat, and just felt some compassion for someone he saw being beaten to a pulp…. but that is the way my father was. I learned more about my father through his letters…. his thoughts, his concerns, and his struggles.

You know, technology has been incredible. But what has been left in the dust, is the written word, our language, our feelings, our hearts. Texting created a new language and shortcuts. Emojis now demonstrate our feeling; the smiley face shortcuts our sense of enjoyment.

Here is my question and concern: If the letters are no longer written, if books have become audio to listen to when driving long distance, if libraries continue to be vacant structures and if history is being rewritten, how will the next generations ever learn from the mistakes we’ve all made?

Hey, maybe I have too much time on my hands and am just an “old guy” talking about better times but I wonder, I just wonder how much credence and analysis will be made when years from now, instead of studying the written word, civilization will be pondering over the tweets, texts, emojis, and the meaning of woke.

Take it for what it is……It’s just as I see it

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About the Author: Leonard F. Baer

Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000. Leonard is a Guest Contributor of The Silver Life and has recently launched a new service called SuddenlySolo1 -

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