Simplicity of Mail
One of the best feelings I can think of is to receive a letter or package that came from a human being I love. My name scrawled with ink from a pen and a real stamp affixed to the top. I love getting real mail. We get junk mail every day, piles of it. The amount of junk mail floating around makes my heart hurt. A couple of weeks ago I grabbed the mail as I hopped in the car to run an errand with my boyfriend. I wondered how the mail person even carried the stack to my mailbox. As I was sifting through the abyss I noticed a handwritten envelope. I looked at my boyfriend, smiled and tossed the rest of the mail into the back seat. My grin stretched from ear to ear as I opened the lovely note from my best friend and college room mate. Real mail is wonderful. She later told me she found the card in a thrift store and thought it was so creepy she couldn't help but buy it. Perfection.
If getting mail is wonderful, sending mail is equally gratifying. I don't send as many just thinking of you letters as I should. I once had a goal of sending at least one letter each week. That dream kind of ended up like most new year's resolutions. Maybe I should try again.
Sending a letter can get fairly expensive depending on how you do it. Yesterday, even though I used a coupon for $1.50 off of 3 greeting cards, I spent $8.00. While I think it's worth it to buy a real card every once in a while, I also really like to make my own. A few years ago I experienced a moment of “I'm absolutely going to use this package of exactly 1 million matching card stock and envelopes.” I'm still making good on that promise with around 500,000 cards to go.
The cards are simple and sometimes I write silly or sappy heartfelt things. If I'm feeling particularly crafty I will add detail or drawings but just the card itself is enough. I believe the tiny effort can make someone else's day.
The world wide web is an excellent resource for free or cheap ways to tell someone hello. I searched “e-cards” and not surprisingly found hundreds of resources. Most e-card sites are completely free which is an added bonus. Your intended target will receive an email with whichever card you chose. The process is simple and magical... oh ya, and free.
Another very popular option is sending a photo as a card or postcard. Sites like snapfish.com or shutterfly.com allow you to create photo greeting cards and send to family and friends. Any printing facility such as Walgreens or Target also has options for printing photos in various ways. While this option isn't free, it's a creative and enduring way to let your loved ones see your beautiful face... or someone else's if you prefer. Books, mugs, shirts, hats.... the options of places to plaster your photos are endless!
Take a moment this week or weekend and send a card. Just one. Send it to anyone for any reason and know that you made someone's day. You might even get one in return. Mail is a beautifully easy and affordable way to show you care.