• World Emoji Day

    World Emoji Day

    Over time, things change.

    Can you remember the last time you sat down and wrote a letter to someone?

    Writing letters seems to be a thing of the past.  With e-mail and instant messaging, Facebook and all the other modes of social media the handwritten letter is a rarity these days.

    I remember in 4th grade, one of the most anticipated projects of the year was being assigned a pen pal with another 4th grade student from some distant school.  We would write and receive letters all throughout the year, it was the best!  I can still see all of my “i’s” dotted with hearts and a smile face to reflect my mood.

    Now, I wonder if kids have any idea what it feels like to race to the mailbox after school and find a letter with their name addressed on the front in big bold letters.

    Regardless, things change.  Now we can communicate over great distances instantly and in creative ways.  Thanks to developer Shigetaha Kurita, we have emojis, which is a Japanese expression which roughly means “picture word”.  These “picture words” were developed for pagers to make them more appealing to teens.

    When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, an emoji keyboard was embedded to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for U.S. users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.

    There are over 1800 emojis covering much more than just emotions.  From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather, and bodily functions emojis virtually speak for themselves.

    While we appreciate the advance of technology, we still love the hand-written note.

    Did you know that Dr Rex still sends a hand-written note to all of his new patients?  It makes a difference.

    Take time to send a letter to someone today.  It will make them :-) and show them you ♥!

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