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.
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
Do 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!
Share your recollection of those days when the postman was king with me. What does today’s “Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words,” say to you? Do you think the next generation will still be using or even recognize these “boxes” on a stick? Add your comments in the section below, we love hearing from you!
Have a great day!