So welcome to the year 2012. I hope it lasts longer than 2011 did. They say the older you get, the shorter the years last. That is no lie. But anyway...

So welcome to the year 2012. I hope it lasts longer than 2011 did.

They say the older you get, the shorter the years last. That is no lie. But anyway...

So here we are in the new year. With that new year comes a whole new slew of resolutions.

You have the usual suspects like: going to lose weight, going to work harder at my job, going to spend less money and save more, etc. etc.

Though these are all great resolutions, and ones that I have made and broken countless times, I have decided to go a different route. I?have decided that I?am going to write more.

No, no, I?am not talking about sitting at a computer desk and typing out a quick email to let everyone know the latest and greatest events happening in my life.

No, I am talking about getting out a sheet of paper and a pencil (because I can’t commit to the pen) and write someone, anyone. Why you may ask?

For one, I miss it. I really do. Don’t you miss going to your mailbox and being excited about a letter you got from a friend?

In a world where your mailbox overflows with bills and credit card “approval”?letters, wouldn’t it be great to get an actual letter from someone you know and love??

And I am not talking about a Christmas or birthday card. I?mean an actual “Hey, how have you been? This is what is happening with my life, I miss you a lot, write back soon …”?kind of letter.

So my goal this year, and I want you guys to hold me to it, is to write at least one letter a month. This isn’t a lofty goal, and it is one that should be easy to reach.

The hard part is going to be putting aside all the electronic wonderments that adorn my person. Will I long for my smartphone, laptop, iPod or Kindle Fire –– oh, yeah, I got my tablet finally –– as I try to put all my words and phrases down on paper like I did so many years ago when the world was a simpler place? Knowing me, probably.

But I am going to do it because I know that the person on the other side of that letter is going to appreciate it more. Hopefully this will garner a response, and not by text message or Facebook wall post.  

Then I can go to my mailbox with the hope and joy of expecting something new and exciting and not enclosed in a box from Amazon. Although those smiley faced boxes will still come and be enjoyed as well.

Who knows??Maybe this will be a new trend that will catch on like Facebook or texting. I mean, really, who writes real letters anymore?

Well, starting this month, I do. And I hope and pray that more of you do, too. You will be surprised at how much you missed it, just the way I know I will as well.

Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum and not endorsed by the USPS. His online blog address is: justanewdad.blogspot.com & his email is: gdarling@maryvilledailyforum.com. Drop him a line sometime!