Dear Friends, Readers, Obligated Family Members, RSSers, Spambots,
As you know a few weeks ago Canada Post went on strike and thusly mail delivery stopped. It was inconvenient and I was slightly annoyed. It meant missing magazine subscriptions and waiting longer for my husband’s Amazon order. Mostly we just missed checking the mail - even though all we get are bills and pizza flyers (but I do love looking at menus).
When the strike ended I was quite glad people were going back to work and normal life would resume - mail wise. That day I received a postcard from my boss who is currently on vacation in Europe. While he was in Budapest he sent me a note to say hello and thank me for some things I did to make his travels a little bit smoother. It thrilled me to bits! I was also reminded that the mail delivery is still important. Sure it's very easy to send an email (my preferred method of communication for everything - even from people in the office next to me) but there is something about a personal note, a handwritten note. Something that says Hi! I'm thinking of you! It does wonders.
Who didn't love getting mail as a kid? I knew our mailman was coming because I would hear him whistling as he walked up our street. Sometimes there would be letters from friends I made at summer camp or little pen pals, or from my friend Nick, who always sent me notes on his summer, travels. Then a few years later there were letters from boyfriends (or I-wish-they-were-my boyfriends, rather). There is just something wonderful about a little envelope with your name on it.
A few months ago Joy the Baker put out the word that she was going to send a letter to anyone who wanted one. She got a million responses. I wanted to send her my address but was too timid. It gave me the idea that maybe you, my darling readers, would like some mail that is not bill related or flyer related.
If that is the case just leave something in the comments (i.e. not your address or SIN number). I'll pick one or two or all and you'll get something from me! It might be a note, a postcard, a recipe, stickers, or a half eaten cookie! (Okay, just cookie crumbs). You can also email me if you'd rather not comment.
And to address the "I'm not sending my address to a random crazy person" aspect: I’ve known me for 29 and a few years and I swear that I am only a little crazy and will only stalk you slightly on Facebook and Twitter. Wait, I wrote the quiet part loud....
The mail is an important service. It delivers a kind of happiness that you just don't get from email/social networks. Let's put it to good use!