It has been 10 days since I returned to campus for my second semester of college. My favorite part of starting a new semester is all of the mail you get. Books for new classes come in from all over the country, new tack is shipped, friends and family write letters and postcards. I check the list at least once a day to see if something has come in with my name on it. Eventually it dies down and you just get the occasional letter from a friend at college back home or in another state, and those are nice. With email and Facebook and Skype people do not write as much anymore. You just don’t get the same excitement from a new email in your inbox or message on your wall (though I must admit that Skype is still exciting). There is no comparison to a handwritten letter from a friend explaining their latest dating hardship, sucky (cafeteria)/amazing (homecooked) food, and the outcome of Humans vs. Zombies. These are the kinds of mementos that you keep in the box at the back of your closet or the bottom of your hopechest for the rest of your life; the kinds of things that your future generations of adoring great-nieces and great-great-nephews will laugh and wonder over when they find them 100 years from now.
Did people in the “good ol’ days” find a mailbox full of letters as exciting as I do today? Or did they think of it with the nonchalance of the emails waiting in my inbox? I like to think that it is the prior.
People should start writing real, paper and envelope, letters again. It can be as simple as “I was just in my ice skating class and remembered that one time you got a concussion during P.E. hockey.” Of course everyone likes something a little longer and more involved. Not to mention if you are going to spend the 28 cents on a postcard stamp or 44 cents for a letter, you may as well go the whole nine yards and put a sticker on the envelope flap. Because you know that when that person gets your letter you will be more likely to get one in return. So why not sit down and write to someone while you’re eating your lunch or during the commercial break of that tv show tonight? You have to send mail to get mail.