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Who Wants Mail?


The month is nearly over and I almost missed it!

snail mail photo snail_mail_zpsbcf4e964.gifThe United States Postal Service has named April to be National Card and Letter-Writing Month. The USPS’s goal is to boost written—and mailed—communications to build relationships through cards and letters. “Touch them with a letter they can feel – and keep,” they say.

Maya Angelou is widely attributed with saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

How long has it been since you’ve received a real card or letter in the mail? Snail mail? Probably far too long. But if it’s recent enough to recall, perhaps you can remember that it did indeed ‘touch you’.
Wouldn’t you like to make someone else feel that way? Maya says they’ll never forget it.

I’ve said before: I love mail. While the USPS’s goal of increasing snail mail is admittedly self-serving, I endorse it whole-heartedly. Here’s what I want to say:

 photo TheRodgerssign225_zpse22a0b36.jpg1. Stop right now and think of someone in your life who needs to be appreciated. Send him or her a card or letter today.

Say thank-you, say I love you, say I’m thinking of you, I miss you, get well, happy anniversary, I appreciate you, I’m sorry, welcome to the neighbourhood, have a good trip, good work, it was nice to meet you . . .you get the picture. Just say something and get it in the mail!

2. No matter where you are in the world (I want to take mail-sending international), if you’d like to get some snail mail yourself, just send an email (the irony is not lost on me) to debbie at Exurbanis (dot) com and give me your name and snail mail address. I’d love to send you a note to say ‘hi’.

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“Who Wants Mail?”

  1. On April 23rd, 2013 at 3:29 pm Deb Nance Says:

    I love this idea. I love getting letters in the mail.

  2. On April 23rd, 2013 at 5:53 pm Debbie Says:

    Me too, Deb!

  3. On April 24th, 2013 at 1:09 pm susan maclean Says:

    You like mail? You recently commented on my guest review of Housing of Trembling Leaves on littlereader’s blog (awful cover to nudge your memory). Did you buy it? If you didn’t, would you like it? I can post it to you and you wil then get mail! Just leave a message on any review on my blog with your email address and I will make contact! If I hear nothing, then nothing lost, but the book is here, and you are welcome. PS love NS – good friend lives just outside Yarmouth, and will probably be over this fall.

  4. On April 24th, 2013 at 2:28 pm Debbie Says:

    Have done! Thanks, Susan 🙂

  5. On April 24th, 2013 at 4:15 pm bermudaonion (Kathy) Says:

    There is nothing better than a letter in the mail. I sent a thank you card on Saturday.

  6. On April 24th, 2013 at 5:38 pm Debbie Says:

    That’s terrific, Kathy! I heartily approve. 🙂

  7. On April 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am Mary Okeke Says:

    Wow Debbie… this is interesting. That is so kind of you lending a hand. Again, I have to say take you for stopping by today.


  8. On May 21st, 2013 at 2:27 am Tracey (Carpe Librum blog) Says:

    This is brilliant, I hope many people took advantage of your offer of snail mail. I have a drawer of cards, bookmarks and nice things ready to send in the mail when the inspiration strikes. Birthdays, pick-me-ups, new jobs, all kinds of occasions etc. and I love doing it.

    I think I’ve purchased more cards than I’ll ever send, but being a book-lover, I just love stationery!

  9. On May 21st, 2013 at 8:25 am Debbie Says:

    I love stationery, too, Tracey – for as long as I can remember. I recently culled my collection and sent some things that I had had over 45 years to the recycle bin.

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