This afternoon at work I decided to take a lunch break instead of working through the noon hour at my desk. When I returned 40 minutes later, there were 22 new e-mails in my in-box. Whaaa?!!? I hate when that happens. Luckily, there were a few I could delete without opening and a few more than were part of a chain. E-mail overload always kills my day.
When I was growing up, there wasn’t e-mail, or cell phones, or texting. If someone wanted to reach me, they would call on the land line or send a letter by mail.
These days, I hardly ever approach my mailbox with excitement. Ads, bills, coupons, flyers, donation requests along with 2 dozen return address labels.
Attention All Charity Organizations – the people of America have enough return address labels to last a century. Send something better. Like chocolate. Or wine. Or money. Or concert tickets.
Going to the mailbox ranks low on my list of daily thrills. So, this week I was super excited when a few surprises arrived by U.S. Mail.
Tulips from Amy…
A photo book from Stacey…
She used Shutterfly to compile a book of photos from our last five years of “girl trips.” It has over 90 pages so I know it took her a long time to design. It was very special because so much time and thought was put into the effort.
But the best of all was a letter from Sheila…
I loved receiving this letter because it was very heartfelt. Yes, the card was nice, but her hand-written words were touching. I always get a warm feeling when I read someone’s thoughts in their own handwriting. I don’t get that feeling at all when reading an e-mail. The fact that a friend took the time to pen a note, fold it, stamp it, and send it off into the government delivery system increases its sentimental value to me.
A few weeks ago my mother-in-law showed me a letter that I wrote to her when I first started dating her son. It was kinda cool to see my handwriting from back then, and special to me that she had saved it. In a shoebox. Not an e-mail in-box.
When was the last time that you wrote or received a hand written letter? Do letters mean more than e-mail?
If you haven’t written a letter in a while, try writing one this weekend. I’m sure that special person will be super surprised when it arrives!