You’ve Got Mail: Check Your Inbox

More Than Just Bills

“You’ve got mail!”

That was the title of a popular movie back in 1998 and it was the introduction to email for many of us. My first computer was a massive one with orange print on a black screen. It was a hand-me down from my in-laws and it and I were inseparable. As time passed, the technology advanced and improved and so did the personal computers in our home.

One of my favourite pastime, even in this age of electronic mail, is checking for letters as I get home. No one really writes letters and mails them these days. Such is the reduction in snail mail that even yesterday on the news they were saying that Canada Post is currently in negotiations to change its business model to reflect how their services are used today. This will no doubt have an impact on staffing numbers, benefits and even the potential for new employees. Gone are the days when young people would either look to be a postal agent or carrier of letters.

Via Mail

I remember my first letter to a penpal and those were the days! Special stationary was necessary and saved I did every cent from my meager and irregular allowance to buy them.  They had to be the right ones. Most of all, they had to be pretty, girly, convey humour and my feelings for my penpals.  Love was between the fold of every envelope encasing my mail.

Things, however, have changed. Rather than, writing and sending our love between the lines, love letters are electronic. Nothing crades your emotions, nowhere to spritz with your favourite scent and there is every possibility that they will be sent to spam.

“A love letter lost in the mail, forgotten, miss delivered and then discovered years later and received by the intended is romantic. A love letter ending up in someone’s spam filter is just annoying.”  B.J. Neblett

mailDo you miss it? The romance of snail mail? Without fail, before going up to my apartment, every weekday I check my mailbox for letters, knowing full well the none will be there. The mail that I do receive these days arrive in my inbox, even the bills. How times have changed!

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16 thoughts on “You’ve Got Mail: Check Your Inbox

  1. Nicole Escat

    I remember when snail mail is still on the trend. I used to write letters and waited for answers in our mailbox.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I too remember those days and cannot let go of them. 🙁

  2. The post man , pen pals , all of them had their own aura of mystery and expectation and a special thrill. Technology has evolved so fast today, and what we see today was unimaginable even 20 years ago.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Totally unimaginable but that is the “magic” of living, no Vyjay?

  3. The photo makes me think of an old country road from my hometown. I like receiving mail. I won’t lie, I get excited when the mail lady drives by. lol It’s rare I get mail unless it’s around my birthday or Christmas, but a girl can hope. lol
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    1. Ms Claudette

      This girl is hoping with your my dear! I too get excited to see the mail “person.” LOL

  4. Elizabeth O.

    I think writing through snail mail makes it more authentic. It’s rare and touching to receive a letter in the mail, isn’t it? And you’re right people these days would rather send something through their e-mails. Makes you miss the good old days!

    1. Ms Claudette

      As I said to someone else, it is a jump and click your heels feeling to get a handwritten letter…I haven’t had one in a few years Elizabeth. 🙂

  5. well then… this was an interesting read… for me

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad it was Sheila! 🙂

  6. I dont think I relate to this ‘mail’ wonder, but I seriously do wish I had some fun experiences such as this.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      I am sure you will my Momina and I hope to live to read of them in your lovely and deep poems. 🙂

  7. I’m young enough that I’ve never received letters through the post – it’s always been texts and emails. It would be nice to get something other than bills though!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh Rachel, it is one of the nicest feelings to come home to real letters…the love letters make you want to jump and click your heels. 🙂 Guess I am old. LOL

  8. I very much miss snail mail. We hardly get any mail now only bills that are not the same thing. I used to love getting pen pal letters. Might try and find some soon.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I did try to find a penpal site a couple years ago, Rachel. But the warnings about scams on them turned me off. 🙁

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