DEAR ABBY: I have never written to you before, but I'd like to get this off my chest.
Two years ago, I moved 1,200 miles from the East Coast to my hometown in Colorado. I left all my friends behind, people I had known for at least five years -- and some for as long as 20 years. I have spent a bundle on cards, stamps and photos in an effort to keep in touch with those I love and miss. I want them to know "I care about you" and "You're worth the time and effort for me to stay in touch."
The problem, Abby, is that very few of these people have replied to my letters. I realize that people are busy, or they may not enjoy writing letters like I do. But even a postcard would make me happy. My feelings are hurt because of their lack of effort. I've tried telling myself, "So don't write them anymore," but that is just not me. I've always been the one who keeps people in contact with others. I like letting people know that they're not forgotten.
Abby, please remind people that spending maybe 10 minutes to write a letter may make a world of difference, especially to someone who lives far from friends. -- MISSING THEM IN COLORADO
DEAR MISSING THEM: The art of letter writing has changed with the times. E-mail, faxes, form letters and quick phone calls are time-savers for busy people. Consider making a game of it, by sending a short, humorous questionnaire asking your friends specific questions about their lives and loves. Be sure to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Or better yet, telephone or e-mail instead of writing a letter.