If your mailbox is anything like mine, it likely attracts a lot of bills, marketing junk and political garbage along with the occasional package you have ordered.
This week, I was pleasantly surprised to open the mailbox to find a letter waiting for me. Someone I know took the time to send me handwritten words and it absolutely made my day.
Instead of unceremoniously clicking open a text, I took my post inside and sat down in my favorite chair before carefully opening the envelope to read the contents.
Technology has given us a host of ways to communicate quickly and efficiently but it’s just not the same as old school ink to paper.
I’m as guilty as anyone about not sending things by snail mail but the pure joy I felt at finding this letter waiting for me inspires me to do better. In fact, the whole experience made me want to run out and find a good old fashioned pen pal.
Do you still use snail mail for communicating with friends and family or is it email all the way?
Yes, I send snail mail often—most frequently to my sister who lives in North Carolina.She’s a USPS mail carrier, and loves to receive notes/cards/letters when she gets home from a long day of work.
That’s wonderful! I bet she’s happy to come home to something fun after a long day of delivering to others. ✉️
Of course I still send and receive REAL mail….the kind that makes the walk to mailbox worthwhile!
I have a friend that moved to Maryland and we correspond on a regular basis, including actual photographs of flowers, pets, insects, projects that we are working on, etc. The envelopes contain many things that keep us connected. I’m like a little kid when it comes to receiving a letter from my friend, Brenda!
I love that! Why don’t people do this anymore? I would love to get an envelope with such treasures. ❤️
I like to send cards. My own cards, actually. I decided to turn my images into blank cards so when I send someone a note, it’s not just hand-written, but it’s my own card as well. I find that to be an extra way to make it more special.
What a wonderful use of your own art! Love it!
Not much, but I do correspond by mail with an aged great-aunt. I would love to have a pen pal, though. Since we moved a lot when I was growing up, I wrote tons of letters. Also corresponded with my grandparent regularly.
There’s a senior center in a neighboring community that connects elders with community members to be own pals. I have thought about doing something like that. It might make a difference to someone who is older and maybe a little lonely.