What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.
what a joy to go to the mailbox and find nestled between the end-of-the year begging letters, credit card applications, sale circulars, and bills, a hand addressed envelope and know that inside is a hello from a friend or family member. I get a bit sad when I read stories about how living in the digital age is killing the tradition of sending holiday cards and letters through the post.
that's not to say there isn't joy in receiving a 'thinking of you' message via email or fb; but you have to admit, it's not the same. there is a unique tactile and visual pleasure being able to hold of a piece of mail. one marketing pundit says compared to the speed of digital greetings, the process of snail mail is an "antiquated waste of time." I say what good is time if it can't be wasted to send a warm hand-clasp across the miles.
having said all this, I have to fess up and mention that our holiday greetings have yet to be mailed. just last week I mentioned that my usual time-space "issues" are particularly acute this year. the folks on our holiday card list, won't be receiving christmas cards this year, but rather new year cards. they probably won't be too surprised, this is certainly not the first year our holiday greetings have been sent after christmas; in fact, new year greetings are probably now our norm.
as of now I await the delivery of both cards and stamps. I would have bought my stamps at the post office, but the other day when I went there to do just that, the pickings were exceedingly disappointing - not only am I a card snob, I guess I'm also a stamp snob. I always prefer to design our card; although I do fall for an image on some pre-made cards and up up picking up a pack or two just in case. what is also normative is my ability to predict how many cards I will send. as regard to the stamps, maybe it's just me, but I think an envelope looks so much nicer with a pretty and/or meaningful stamp on it!
what do you think?
hello my old friend by the electric light orchestra. the tune can be found on afterglow a 1990 boxed set compilation, it was intended to be on their 1983 album secret messages, but it and many other songs were scrapped when the album went from a planned double vinyl LP release to to a single when their record company said that because of the oil crisis a double album was too expensive.
photos: wall art, olympia wa april 2010; squirrel @ casa mouse today