Don’t you just love to get mail? I don’t mean bills, sale ads, and political fliers, but a real, honest-to-goodness handwritten letter. I think that one of the most thrilling things in the world is opening the mail box to find a letter or card addressed to me!
When was the last time you sent or received a letter? In this age of email, Face-book, and Twitter, it’s probably been awhile. It’s so easy to keep up with friends and family just by logging in and typing a quick little note. But, I have to ask….is getting an email or reading a status update nearly as exciting as getting a letter in the mailbox? For me the answer is no.
My explanation for this is that to me, writing a letter is a little like creating a special gift for someone. First, stationary must be picked out. I usually try to choose a favorite color or pattern that I know the person that I’m writing to would appreciate. Next, time must be taken to carefully think about what to write. Unlike a computer, words handwritten on paper can’t quickly be deleted- especially if you’re using ink. Then, after the letter is finished and folded, a special memento such as a photo or bookmark can be tucked inside for a special touch. Finally, a trip to the mailbox or post office sends the letter on it’s way to delight it’s recipient.
If you haven’t written a letter to someone for awhile, try it. It’ll make someone’s day to get a handwritten letter in the mail, and you’ll get the joy that comes from putting a smile on someone else’s face!