Email, Facebook messages and Letter writing

by Madeline Laughs

Viva La Snail Mail!

Viva La Snail Mail! (Photo credit: sierraromeo [sarah-ji])

I don’t know how you felt, but the day I heard the post office would be stopping Saturday deliveries I was sad.

I love snail mail!

Nothing gives me more pleasure than to collect odd and unusual greeting cards and then  spending the rest of the year sending them to my friends…through the mail.  

I get great joy from finding the perfect size box, picking out just the right colors of tissue papers and packaging up something fun and surprising to send to my friends…through the mail.

I like getting mail too. Letters, packages, magazines with shiny, glossy covers that I can turn actual pages. I collect the cardboard inserts to use as coasters for my icy beverage as I look at the pretty pictures in the magazine I got…through the mail.

I like email too.

I especially like to get those almost extinct email messages that contain the updates in my friend’s lives. I used to get those through the mail back in the olden days. They arrived with glued together pictures, colorful squiggly writing and then folded a gazillion times so it all fit neatly in the envelope.

Then people started doing these elaborate email messages with pictures and sometimes videos. Those were okay.

But even the elaborate emails don’t happen much anymore now that Facebook has come along.

Facebook has sucked the life out of my mailbox and my email account.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve asked a friend “in real life” (another standard Facebook reference now) how they’re doing and they respond “go check out my profile page“. I used to just nod and make a mental note to do that next time I logged on. Now I just look right at them and say “You’re standing right here in front of me. Spill the news or I’ll defriend you.

I like Facebook and I like email, but they lack a lot of personal touchs. There is not a Yahoo alive that can replace the genuine feel of sliding your index finger under a glued flap. A text message will never be as much fun as trying to decipher a friend’s lousy penmanship. Facebook might be fancy, but it will always be just a cold screen that you can’t save for decades in a shoebox under your bed.

I love the US Postal Service and I will never forsake them for an electronic substitute!

They have my undying loyalty!

The post office might be stopping their Saturday deliveries, but I’m going to keep right on sending out stuff like it’s the right thing to do.

Viva la mail!

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About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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7 Responses to Email, Facebook messages and Letter writing

    • Uh-oh, you caught me mid-edit. I’m one of those bloggers that likes to hit Publish prematurely. I don’t know why I do it, but I do. I can’t seem to stop myself. Now it looks perfect, so I hope you’ll come back for another look and still think it’s cute.

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  1. whine-wine-whatever says:

    I, too, love snail mail, Madeline! All of it — magazines, CATALOGS (yes!), an occasional post card or thank you card, or letter, thank-you note, even the Wednesday grocery ads! Oh, NO, they can’t take that away from me!

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  2. adelineoh says:

    I think that’s why a lot of people blog, to leave traces of themselves online akin to leaving a shoebox full of letters under the bed…as for FB, I used to love it but now, it’s boring and everyone thinks they know everyone just because of a few status updates and make judgements based on that. Being abroad with a postal service that is corrupt makes me prefer online delivery anytime. But when I do get the occasional postcard or card, I just absolutely love it. 🙂

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  3. I heartily agree with you ~ there’s a priceless feeling when you go out to the mailbox and find a card nestled among the junk mail and bills! There’s nothing like reading a heartfelt card from someone who cares! I love technology ~ with a twist of old-fashioned letter writing! Come by and check out my blog ~ come send a card on me! 🙂

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