The U.S, Postal Service is in trouble. The postmaster general claims that the USPS is on the brink of default.
But I am doing my part to ensure their survival. My outgoing mail today looks like this:
These are mostly Homeschool Newsletters going out in the mail.
Why even bother fixing the postal service, Kevin Williamson asks in a recent NationalReview.com editorial. He claims the only thing USPS delivers is junk mail.
I beg to differ.
At least in my household, a good mail day means a letter from a friend, a book arriving from PaperBackSwap, a magazine, or a check from my writing. I look forward to the mail. No e-mail will replace the feel of a letter written on stationery, a greeting card, or even a short note from a friend. My friend. Mary, and I have been writing letters for almost 25 years, and we rarely e-mail.
Can e-mails be put in a pretty box, to be pulled out later?
Sure, if we want to print them out and file them, but who is going to do that?
What about the stack of letters from our now-deceased mother written to her mother, detailing her years of raising children in the 50’s and 60’s? Despite the ugly box, they are a treasure-trove of history.
Our letters today are the history of tomorrow.
Why didn’t I just e-mail the latest homeschool newsletter? For one thing, you can’t stick an e-mail onto the refrigerator as a reminder of the upcoming picnic. For another, I intimately know the joy of pulling a letter, (a real letter!) out of the mailbox.
I like being part of that joy.
I’m not the only one who thinks like this. Check out this webpage for information about “The Note Project.” From their webpage:
The Note Project is a global movement to make the world a million times better by inspiring people to share notes of appreciation. Our goal is 1 million notes! The project was founded by Mike O’Mary, and was inspired by the reaction of people to his video and “The Note” gift book.