For the Love of Snail Mail

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March 18, 2021

When was the last time you checked your mail only to find the pleasant surprise of a hand written envelope? When was the last time you even checked your mail? If you’re like me, the only reason to check the mail is to see if Cosmo or InStyle came. Besides those two gems, the only snail mail I receive are bills, ads and random junk mail addressed to “current resident.”

The internet has brought so many wonderful things into this world, but one of the things it distracts from is genuine human communication. We have never even met half of the people that we “follow” or are “friends” with online and the  real relationships that we have are reduced to wall posts and tweets.

When you get to be my age–after college is over and people have moved–most BFFs turn into long distance friendships. My friends know how much they mean to me and vice versa, but sometimes it can be rough not having someone five minutes away to have a glass of wine with and laugh about everything and nothing at the same time. A phone call is one thing, but it is nice to take it a step further and send a little something via snail mail just to remind those close to you how special they are–even if they are just down the road.

So today I encourage you to close your laptop, get out a pen and paper, and make someone feel loved. Send a card, their favorite candy, or just a little note. It’s amazing how such a simple deed can affect one’s day.