Thursday, July 21, 2011

Real mail, not junk mail

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.  ~Author Unknown

One world many stories.  Today we said "auf Wiedersehn".  It was the last day of the summer reading program.  The kids traded their book logs for library dollars and got to buy whatever prizes they wanted.  The summer reading program may be over, but summer reading isn't.  Sure, some people don't have enough time during the summer to read.  What with planting, weeding, harvesting, canning, and playing at the beach; where's the time to crack open a book?  Ha!  Remember those heat advisory days we just had?  Yep; there I was, sitting next to the air conditioner with a book in one hand and a glass of iced tea in the other.  

We've gotten quite a few postcards in the past few weeks.  It's been pretty exciting to get them.  In this electronic age, it's a rare event to get something handwritten in the mail.  It sure is more meaningful.  Those postcards show us that someone took the time to write a line or more, address it, affix a stamp, and mail it to us.  It's really fun to get that kind of mail.  So, if you haven't gotten to it yet; send us a postcard.  If you'd like some postal excitement of your own, include your address and we'll send a postcard back to you.

When I was a kid, there was no email.  I was in second grade before our elementary school got computers.  So, my friends and I wrote letters.  I've got many of them in a box somewhere.  I should dig them out and see what kind of correspondence we had as 10-year-olds.  It was always an extra special day when you got a letter or postcard in the mail.  It still is.  It just doesn't happen as often.  Perhaps we could all try to bring some of that magic back.  Send a letter, card, or postcard to someone.  Draw a picture and send it off.  

Maybe I should add "Mail something to someone" to my summer bucket list.      

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.  ~Phyllis Theroux

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