Please, Mr. Postman has been recorded by many artists, beginning with The Marvelettes in 1961, and including The Carpenters and The Beatles. The universal theme that made the song so popular is simple: We love receiving mail written just to us. A card or letter can lift us up, make us laugh, and hold us close.
But, the handwritten letter is a vanishing breed. Junk mail and email, spam, text, Facebook, and Twitter have made the handwritten card, received via “snail mail,” a very rare event.
You might want to add writing cards and letters to your list of good deeds to do. Consider this:
- People keep their cards and letters. Everyone loves getting handwritten, personalized mail in their mailbox. Personal mail rarely gets thrown away. Instead, it goes in a special box or drawer.
- A letter is almost as good as receiving a hand-made gift, but it’s not too expensive to give, even for a teenager. The bath soap is used up, the candy is eaten, and the book is read and thrown aside, but the handwritten letter gives and gives. Your friend can carry it around with them, rereading the words over again wherever they happen to be.
- Reach out and touch someone. The paper you touch, the ink you spread, is touched by the person who receives it and seen by the eyes of him or her. The person who reads your note treasures it because you touched it, you thought it, and you wrote it.
- You create a legacy by the things you write. People reread handwritten notes, years, even centuries later. Sometimes, the contents even make it into books because reading other peoples’ mail is fascinating.
- Handwritten notes indicate that you care. When you send a note, the receiver knows that SOMEONE thought enough of them, was considerate enough, loved enough to say:
- I love you.
- Happy Birthday.
- I’m praying for you.
- Get well soon.
- I’m sorry.
- Did you hear about…?
- I miss you.
- I’m thinking about you.
- The distance doesn’t matter, but the thought does. People don’t have to live at a distance to deserve or appreciate a card. You can send a note to your next-door neighbor.
- Writing letters and cards doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. Collect some pretty stationery and blank cards, some stamps and addresses, and get a couple of friends together once a month for a letter writing party. Reward yourselves with cookies and milk when the last envelope is ready to mail. Keep it fun!
So go ahead and encourage someone today!