Snail Mail


After a few lovely post items the last few weeks i am remembering how much i love hand written letters. I received two from my favourite traveling friend, a whole bunch of wedding invitations from various loved up couples.. of course there were some bills, a few letters for the people who lived in the house before us (CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS!!) and a whole lotta junk mail as well. But when did people stop sending hand written letters? and postcards? My dad flew to Portugal just yesterday – although this is something he does often and it’s not so much of a holiday, it seems a text reading simply ‘Landed’ sent at 1.59pm has replaced any sort of jealousy inducing postcard, brazened with the countries stereotypical delicacy or sun drenched beach coasts. Wish you were here & be home soon.
The closest i get now is a friend traveling the world – whom i smuggled a letter writing set into her luggage before she left or a scrawled note in a birthday card once a year..

Why send a snail mail when an email gets there in seconds?

A few years ago i had a couple of pen pals, friends who had moved away to university. I suppose with facebook, twitter, Skype, texting, phone calls, email, there are so many ways to make instant contact – it can take seconds to think of an old friend and send them a quick facebook message. But what is so endearing about a hand written letter? Arriving on your door mat in a stamped envelope, it may take days to get to you, probably will turn up a little dogeared and half opened, possibly wet from the English rain.. you may be expecting it, it may be completely out of the blue. You take a minute to identify the handwriting on the front, the post mark.. Someone had taken the time to think about you and sit down and write to you, they bought the stamp and went to the post office or post box – this takes more than a few seconds.

Anyway – Yes, there is a point to this.
Oh, Comely, a magazine which is very dear to my heart are organising a ‘November Care Package.’
You sign up, write a little about yourself and Oh Comely will match you with another person who has also entered and you must send each other ‘care packages.’ Here is what your care packages are to involve:

Something personal. Eg: a favourite family recipe, a good book you’ve just finished, a playlist of your favourite music.

An inspiring snippet. Eg: newspaper clipping, a photo or illustration you love, the lyrics to a song that strike home.

A wintry treat. Eg: a pair of gloves, your favourite tea, a mini hot-water bottle. The spending guide for each box is £10.

Be creative – if you include a letter you might even start a pen-friendship! Inject it with colours, scents, flavours; make something that you would be pleased to receive. Think outside the – dare we say it – box, and most importantly have fun.

I think it is such a wonderful idea. I am just as excited to make a package for my stranger as i am to receive one. Imagine having something so thoughtful and wonderful waiting for you in your porch.

you can apply here – you definitely should!!