Thursday, August 18, 2011

# 25 you've got mail !!

mr. postman, look and see if there's a letter in your bag for me....

when this beatles song was number one, the post office was the only way to send mail.  no one called it snail mail in its heyday.  when was the last time a postman came knocking on your door? centuries ago? then again, who sends mail via the post office nowadays? anyone who submits a post office-stamped envelope when asked for a self-addressed envelope for a college entrance examination cannot expect the test permit to arrive before the date of the exams. when there is much to be desired with  the local post office, as it is in our part of the world, you just have to grin and bear it.  ours may not be as slow as a snail though.  a sloth perhaps.  once again,  our postal service is filipino pacing at its worst.

time was when writing on someone's wall embodied bad behavior.  in the  twenty-first century, someone's wall is the new post office. in this time of tweets and posts, e-cards, email and e-everything else, real time is of the essence. sending that birthday wish or congratulatory greeting is done in a nanosecond. touching base with someone using a stationery or specially-designed card is abandoned in favor of the digital kind of correspondence.

handwritten cards and notes warm the heart.  it may come in ordinary envelopes but the coziness and familiarity that exudes from longhand scribbles transcends  trite acquaintanceship.

how many times have you heard yourself say that you have not written anything on paper for the longest time. you have forgotten how to write legibly.  this is true.  sad but true. the keypad, keyboard and for that matter, the touchscreen has paved the way for the extinction of the pen and paper. this progression is inevitable. without doubt, its benefits far exceed its handicaps.

once in a while, however, you long for the warmth of a handwritten card.  out there, someone you know may be on the same wavelength as you are. someone may be homesick for your handwriting. go ahead, send that card.  never mind if your writing is illegible. she will figure it out.  put in a little smiley all drawn out in ink. paint it with those highlighter pens that come in different colors. that will surely put a smile on someone's face. a smiley for a smile.  isn't that awesome?


  1. Voss/Teacher VickiAugust 23, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    I LOVE handwritten notes, cards, pictures, letters, etc! The latest and the greatest make it to my wall and pics that I get make it to my Wall of Fame (runners unite)! Like you I have a collection of such handwritten thoughts that bring so much joy and warmth to my heart. Yes, Nanna, It is awesome!