Yes, we are currently in 2021. It is more convenient to send a meme. It is more convenient to tag a friend in a social media post. Now with the way smart phones are, texting has become easier with autocorrect and auto-text. Some smart phones even allow you to talk to text as well. Just a little advice: double check the text message before you hit send… sometimes smartphones are a blessing…sometimes they are a curse.
Writing Cards When I Was Younger
In 1997, my family and I had moved from Monroeville, PA to Plano, TX. We were thankful we had some cousins who lived just down the road, but for the most part, I had moved away from everyone that I knew. We would want to call our family members, but long-distance phone calls were pricey. Mail was a great way to keep up with our family that was more cost effective than the long-distance phone calls!
I remember when I was growing up, my mother made me write a hand written thank you note to those who had purchased gifts, or sent cards. I remember being so excited to write a thank you note. I remember looking forward to using my markers, and drawing a picture in the card. My mother would usually include a current photograph of myself and two brothers as well. I loved knowing that after I put a stamp on the envelope, and put the card in the mailbox, it would go to my family members.
So, Why Do I Send Handwritten Cards
I love receiving invitations, announcements, thank you cards, and birthday cards in the mail. They make me feel special. So I write them, and send them because I want my loved ones to hopefully share the same joy.
I display the cards on my mantle in my home. I display the invitations on my family calendar at home. I keep a lot of the cards. I am thankful I kept cards that my grandmothers wrote to me, because they have passed away, and I love seeing their handwriting.
For a while, I remember a lot of people sending cards in the mail. But then, as technology improved, the cards in my mailbox decreased. Now, every time I open the mailbox, I just see bills, or the advertisements. In fact, the only time I really see cards in the mail is around Christmas.
Fun mail is FUN
Cards bring joy to people. Cards are visual reminders that someone took the time to
- pick out a card
- write in the card
- seal the envelope
- address the envelope
- paid for a stamp
- put in their mailbox OR made a trip to the post-office
Remember when you had to lick stamps!?! Thank God we do not need to lick stamps anymore! Cards are fun to purchase as well! Envelopes are in great colors; stamps are more than just the American flag (which is still great by the way). Pens can be metallic, or in vibrant colors. The supplies are there; ready for you to chose which one you want.
Some Examples of Cards to Send:
- Thank You
- Just a Note
- Celebrating _________
Purchasing and Writing Cards with Ease
Cards do not have to be expensive. Take a look at some of the stores that sell items for one dollar, and you would be amazed the quality of cards you can purchase. Some grocery stores have stamps at checkout.
Struggling to figure out what to write in the card? It can be a great card message with your name. You could also write one sentence, one paragraph, or you may want to write your note on a piece of paper to put in the card. You can also get the whole family involve. You can have each person write one sentence, or draw a picture, or even just sign your name.
So, this weekend, I encourage you to send three handwritten cards to whoever you want this weekend. I believe in you. You will be surprised how little time it takes to make a big impression on a loved one!