Yesterday during my lunch break, I mailed a few letters to family members. Some were thank you cards for a weekend visit and gifts, others were just a quick hello to grandparents who live far away.
In the elevator down to the post office, two girls saw what I was holding and said to each other, “I can’t remember the last time I mailed or received a handwritten letter”. The other girl then chimed in, “I don’t think I have since I was in high school” (note: this girl was probably about 8 years out of high school, to give you some perspective).
I giggled and made a joke about how it’s a lost art and the letters had been in my purse for a week, begging for a stamp and address so they could make their journey through the mail.
All jokes aside though, the truth was it was sad to hear. I may be old school, but handwritten letters mean something… something that an email or text message can never mean.
Letters don’t have to be boring either! They can sing (shout out to Hoops and Yoyo cards), they can be 3-D, they can be covered in stickers, they can be filled with confetti (my sister is all about the confetti-filled cards), and they can all be sent with a stamp that shows off your personality (yes, I’m proud to say I was a Girl Scout)!
So ask yourself, when was the last time you sent your parents a thank you card for the care package they sent you? When was the last time you dropped a card in the mail to your grandparents just to say hi?
And if “hi” doesn’t seem like a substantial enough message, send a postcard or letter from places you visit! Just a quick “thinking of you while strolling around New York”, or a classic Jimmy Buffet line of “The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful” (my parents’ favorite thing to write on letters from St. Barths).
I won’t say I’m the best at being on time with thank you cards (for example the ones that I mailed yesterday for things that happened a week ago), but it’s the thought that counts!
So I challenge you, mail a handwritten card this weekend to someone you love (of a few people, if you want to be an overachiever) and spread the love, not just via text or email but through the actual mail! You’ll be shocked by how much it means to someone.
Full disclosure: My sister works for Papyrus so I always have the coolest and trendiest cards and stationery :) 100% credit to her! Having cute cards is 3/4 the reason why I love to write letters.