When is the last time you received an unexpected piece of enjoyable snail mail? Of course bills, catalogs, and credit card offers do not count, I did say “enjoyable.” Neither do holiday or birthday cards, provided you still get those because they aren’t really that unexpected.
I don’t know about you, I guess it depends how old you are, but I remember getting post cards from friends on vacation, even in my teenage years. I also had pen pals from other countries, remember the days of pen pals? I once had a huge collection of picture postcards from tons of places around the world. Many were even displayed on my wall at one time. Since I was not really in a position to travel much, it was my way to see the world. But, I also sent and received six-page hand-written letters from friends during summer break during those times when not traveling.
This all went by the wayside. I don’t even know when it all went away, if it was sudden or gradual. But, now we get voice mails, emails, text messages, and electronic greeting cards – if we are lucky. Now, when friends travel, they simply upload their pictures online on Facebook and there you go. Most people would probably be hard pressed to send post cards or greeting cards because their phones do not hold real addresses. No one carries address books anymore.
Imagine my surprise when today I received a picture postcard from a friend who was traveling. I should not have been surprised because she has sent me greeting cards before – just because, with beautiful designs, just to cheer me up. Talk about Hallmark moments!
Call me old-fashioned, but while I am on board with a lot of progress, some things I wish could stay the same.