Remember how cool it felt penning a fan letter to your favorite celebrity crush? What about mustering up every ounce of confidence you had to ask the girl of your dreams to homecoming with the classic “check yes or no” note? Take it back even further, to war times. Generals and soldiers writing letters to home, with word taking weeks or months to arrive. Don’t make us even try to fathom the idea of sending a letter via carrier pigeon or mule. Trying to explain the concept of snail mail to a millennial is tricky, but if you ever get stuck, have Miranda Lambert sing it to them, “If you had something to say/ You’d write it on a piece of paper/ Then you’d put a stamp on it/ And they’d get it three days later.”
Letter writing is one of the oldest forms of communication. In fact, sending a letter was still the most relevant form of communication till 1965 until the very first email was sent at MIT. After email, we quickly graduated to AIM, text messages, FaceTime, and of course, the telephone. That’s the point of today’s blog: To inspire you to dial it back to yesteryear by penning a letter this week… and yes, actually sending it.
Just before you start thinking that mail is a has been, take a quick glance at these interesting postal facts:
- In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the U.S. postal system, nominating Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. He helped establish the first mail routes, post offices, and rate charts!
- Today, the United States has more than 40,000 post offices.
- An estimated 212 billion pieces of mail are delivered each year to more than 144 million homes and businesses in America.
So, let’s add a few more letters to that national average and keep those postal workers busy with your upcoming letter. Conveniently, Mother’s Day is May 8th. Surprise her with a special handwritten letter with a few easy steps, you know, in case you’ve forgotten:
- Treat yourself to some fancy stationary.
- Pick up your favorite pen. (We all know our printing skills have been slacking thanks to the keyboard. You may need to take a few practice swings to make your handwriting not look like chicken scratch. We believe in you!)
- Write from the heart.
- Walk inside the post office and request some Forever Stamps.
- Drop the letter into the mailbox.
- Wait in anticipation for a handwritten reply.
One final tip! Before you send any letter, keep track of the person’s address so you can call on it for future letters. They make real nice address books these days.
Now that you’ve sent mom some Mother’s Day love, who is next? Tell us in the comments below who else you’d write a letter to, dead or alive, and what would you say. Can’t wait to hear form y’all!