We send countless text messages on a daily basis, but when’s the last time you sent someone a handwritten note? Yes, I’m talking snail mail people. This form of communication has become so dated with all of the advances in modern technology. Heck, I’ve even received digital invitations in my email inbox.
“Nothing quite compares in sentimentality to a note that you carefully wrote, sealed, and dropped in that historical contraption called a mailbox.”
While the instant gratification provided by these modern technologies is nothing short of incredible, there’s just something simply heartwarming about a handwritten sentiment.
Sure, you can text someone to thank them for helping you, or send a thoughtful email to express how much they’re missed – but nothing quite compares in sentimentality to a note that you carefully wrote, sealed, and dropped in that historical contraption called a mailbox.
I, personally, save all of the cards and letters I receive and store them in a box tucked away in the back of my closet. Sure, they take up some space, but the ability to sit down and sink into nostalgia reading through heartfelt sentiments is well worth the closet-space.
Moms reading this – consider saving the greeting cards and notes your children receive for them to reminisce upon when they’re older. My mother purposefully set aside every childhood card addressed to me, starting with cards that she received celebrating my birth. It’s both fun and endearing to sit down and go through those sentimental pieces of mail from years past.
I recommend always having a box of blank cards handy for whenever you want to send a thank you, a quick note, or a thoughtfully written letter to remind someone how much they mean to you.
Jessica Kleiman eloquently expressed the need to keep the withering art of handwritten notes alive in her Forbes article – “Let’s not lose the art completely or our memories and sentiments will disappear into Internet purgatory when our in-boxes automatically delete old files.”
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up some cards, take a seat, and write a little something sweet to a friend or relative to let them know you’re thinking of them.
I guarantee it’ll make their day when they lift it up from the pile of junk mail crowding their mailbox. Who knows, it may even brighten their days to come if kept and stumbled upon down the road.
What’s your favorite little way to brighten someone’s day? Share in the comments!