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Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Heart - SUB­MIT­TED BY EVE­LYN AN­DER­SON

In our in­creas­ingly con­nected world, this 70-year-old let­ter from April 1948 seems im­pos­si­bly quaint.

My mother lives in a small Ari­zona town of per­haps 500 in­hab­i­tants and a dozen tele­phones. She hasn’t one, so when my sis­ter had her first baby I put in a per­son-to-per­son call for Mother through the tele­phone of­fice. “It’ll take a while to get Mrs Quinn here,” my op­er­a­tor was told. “Her place is about half a mile down the road.” “Will there be a charge for mes­sen­ger ser­vice?” asked my op­er­a­tor. “No in­deed, ma’am, no charge at all. I’ll just fire a shot down in that di­rec­tion and when Mrs Quinn looks up this way to see what’s go­ing on, I’ll wave her in.”

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