I love getting real mail. Who doesn't love finding a handwritten note buried in the daily stacks of bills and catalogs? It's one of life's simple pleasures, and as letters and cards become rarer the people who actually take the time to send something that needs a stamp are becoming something like everyday superheroes in my eyes.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not some Luddite who hates technology--I wouldn't be able to survive without my Mac. But nothing beats the thrill of mail in my eyes.
Problem is, who has the time to write long letters anymore? I sure don't, but I don't let that stop me. What I do instead is I keep a stack of postcards (remember those?) around, and when my Google calendar tells me that somebody's birthday is coming up, or when I want to send a quick thank you to someone, I'm ready. Instead of typing "Thanks for dinner! It was fun!" I write it on the back of a pretty postcard, stamp it, and leave it for the mailman to pick up.
I got this idea from an article I read about some super-executive who kept a stack of postcards at the office and scribbled little notes while on on conference calls. The article
admired her multitasking skills; I just thought it was a neat idea.
So I started collecting bird-themed postcards (what is it with birds and me lately?) and started sending off short messages for any little reason. I don't spend a lot of money, and sometimes I buy personalized ones at Etsy. It''s more fun than text messaging and it's tons more personal.