Monday, March 31, 2014

WHAT'S IN YOUR MAILBOX?


With emails and texting all the rage, the art of letter writing has become passe. Yet, I adhere to it. Every week I sit down with pen in hand... and write handwritten letters to my best friend. She lives across the state, miles away, and we seldom if ever get to see each other. However, we keep in touch by all means at our disposal. And letter writing, via USPS, with stamped envelopes, is one of our main ways of communicating. It has gotten a little pricey I know. But, nothing thrills me more than to get an old fashioned letter, or to send one. Since I do not have a mailbox outside my residence, I have to go downtown to pick up my mail. I do this once a week. But when I send a letter I usually do it from Meijer's. They have a mailbox there. It's much closer to where I live than the post office, and they pick up twice a day at Meijer's. Whereas... the downtown branch of the post office only has one pickup time daily. And since I'm seldom there, but once a week, it's a tad bit inconvenient, if I want my letters to get to my girlfriend in a timely fashion. So I opt for convenience. Do you write letters? Or prefer emails and texting?

18 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love to write and receive letters. it sure is becoming a thing of the past though.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love to write and receive letters. it sure is becoming a thing of the past though.

betty said...

I used to write letters all the time to people in the military and others that needed encouraging, but haven't in a bit. I do like the thrill of getting a letter in the mail from someone, even just a card with a few handwritten words, but I'm bad about doing that myself these days. Emailing is so much more easier (and cheaper). Conversely, my brother works for the post office so I should be sending out letters just to keep him employed :)

In our mailbox seems to be lots of junk mail and mail addressed to hubby's parents, now 2 years deceased that I can't figure out how to have stopped.

betty

jack69 said...

Once a month I sit and write a letter, well not write, I type a letter. Do we still call this typing on a keyboard?

My hand writing has deteriorated and I wish I had kept it up. Even my signature has gone.

Finding mail boxes is a chore in a new town,

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm a letter writer; always have been. But sadly, there are so few of us, I seldom get anything more than bills and junk mail. I'm so excited if I get a card or note in the mail. It's a lost art!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

About the only time I write a letter is when I send Christmas cards to friends and family. I do send and receive a birthday card with a letter tucked inside to an out of state girl friend. We've been friends for over 50 years and we've sent cards every single year. I don't think her handwriting has changed a bit, but mine sure has!

Jon said...

It's a sad fact that handwritten letters and mailboxes are nearly extinct. I used to derive great pleasure from writing and receiving letters - - it was a big part of my life.

I remember when stamps were five cents and Airmail was a luxury. Email has allowed me to easily keep in touch with friends and family - - but there's something extremely cold, clinical, and impersonal about it.

Hollie said...

Written letters are so personal and I love them. But I admit I'm a texting and e-mailing fool.

Paula said...

I've kept in touch with friends by letter for years and all of a sudden it has stopped. Miss the personal touch but my hand writing is terrible. One of my friends, Patsy, and I exchange cards on holidays and write some. She may send me a Halloween card and then I will send her a Thanksgiving card etc. We used to go dancing together at a place for older singles where it was okay for women to go without an escort. One week she would drive and I would buy the picture of water and next week we would switch. LOL You all did want to know all that.

Mevely317 said...

How fortunate you and your friend are, making time to continue this precious custom.

I'll never, ever forget the thrill of hearing my name called at summer camp when they'd gather everyone around to distribute the mail.
... Then later, stalking the mailbox when my h.s. boyfriend moved across the country and for a while there, thought my life was over. LOL!

Like that sweet song goes, "Thanks for the memories!"

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Taryterre,
I loved your post today because hand written letters and cards are so special to me. It seems that everyone takes to e-mails and texting. I send e-mails too, but there's nothing like getting a card in the mail or hand written note.

I love sending cards in the mail as much as I love receiving them. It is an art that is fading away, but I will never part with it myself.

Good for you, my dear, to appreciate the hand written letters and to often write your best friend one.

love,
~Sheri

Lucy said...

My mail box is usually full of bills, advertisement and catalogs. Never any personal letters. I don' text and have so many problems with e-maILS I almost stopped checking my box. Maybe this time with Windstream I won't have so many problems. Time will tell.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I don't write letters anymore, but once upon a time, in my early years of doing genealogy- I was a letter writing queen! Back then it was the greatest way to get answers and to make connections. Now it's all computer and phone..emails and texting. Even phone calls are going by the way-side.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

My letters are all email form any more. I send out birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards and sometimes thank you cards. I'm blessed though with a mailbox on the porch and if I have something to mail I clip it to the mail box and the mail carrier takes it. I do have a collection of letters from others sent years ago that I'd never part with. Some from my grandmother that are very precious and some from my DDH when he was in the service way back before we ever married.

Weekend-Windup said...

Here now a days no one write letters. All of them prefer mails and communication with social media.
Nice to hear about your communication with your friend.
I too have a friend in US. Will contact here through mails only!

Lori said...

Like I said in my post last week, I write to my sister who writes to me. I usually type them though, because my hand starts hurting quickly if I have to write for too long. And the handwriting deteriorates very quickly. My typing keeps up with my brain. My handwriting doesn't -- at least, not if I want it to legible.

Carol Z said...

I just sent two thank you notes and two packages with notes, and that's the closest I come to writing letters. Not sure when I wrote an actual letter to a friend. We wrote a lot of letters at work, but they weren't much fun to write or get.

Nelle said...

A blogging buddy I met and I exchange real letters. I also send and receive a lot of cards,nothing expensive, ,just little notes saying "thinking of you" and such. It does brighten the day. If you want to email me your address, I may send you one. :) Happy Easter!