I can remember as a kid being tasked with picking up the mail.
It was one of my first “jobs.”
Run down to the mail box at the end of the driveway and come back with the armload of letters and such.
I felt pretty important. And while a bill might get a grimace from Mom or Dad, it was a letter from a relative or a note from a friend that would light up the room.
Whatever happened to that? And why can’t we get it back?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not afraid of technology. Heck, it’s what makes writing this to you right now easy, and fast, and hopefully, of use to you.
But there’s nothing like the feeling of opening a handwritten note from someone. Particularly if it’s unexpected.
One of my nieces graduated from high school not long ago, and I sent her a little something to celebrate. Truthfully, I had somewhat forgotten about it when I went to the mailbox and saw the nice, handwritten envelope.
Inside was a genuine, warm thank you. Sure, it used to be common courtesy to send a thank you note for a gift. But all too often, that’s been replaced by a text or a Facebook message… if someone bothers to do it at all.
What really can make someone’s day is an unexpected card, note or letter. Karen sometimes picks up funny or silly cards and keeps them in a box. Then once a month or so, she’ll go to the box, pull one out, and send it to an old friend, or her sister, or just someone whose day she’d like to brighten.
And before long, she’s gotten something back. It’s contagious!
Let me tell you, in 2018, a handwritten note goes a long way. Maybe even farther than it ever did.
When’s the last time you sent one?
Even better, do you have a favorite book on your shelf that you love? A bunch of old photos that would mean a trip down memory lane for someone?
If there’s something even more powerful than a regular letter, it’s a lumpy package.
I can guarantee, someone will open it. And you’ll make their day.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance