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Gonzales Weekly Citizen - Gonzales, LA
  • My Shout: If you like them then you better put a stamp on it

  • I was looking in the Sunday supplements this past weekend, and in one of the many magazines that accompanies the paper, there was a rather interesting article about the United States Postal?Service.


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  • I was looking in the Sunday supplements this past weekend, and in one of the many magazines that accompanies the paper, there was a rather interesting article about the United States Postal?Service.
    We all know that the postal service is suffering, but according to the article, there has been a 26% drop in mail being sent or delivered this year alone.
    Well, as many of you know, I tend to write a lot about the fact that as a society, we have begun to lose a bit of the common, day to day, niceties that were once so prominent.
    Add this with the postal dilemma, and I’ve come  up with a bit of an idea. Let’s all write just one letter before the end of the year, and send it to whomever we choose.
    The world has become so obsessed with emailing and texting, and it’s pretty impersonal. I actually had one friend recently sign off on an email with “HH.”?When I inquired as to what that meant, she told me “Happy Holidays.” I’ve got to say I was not a fan. I couldn’t believe that the second required to type out the words Happy Holidays really needed to be shortened with a simple “HH.”
    Another friend texted me the other day for my birthday. He sent this: “Hpy Bdy.”?Really? Again, I was flumoxed. How much time did he actually save by not hitting each individual character on his keypad? I’ve got to say, I didn’t get all warm and fuzzy inside when?I saw it.
    Letters are somehow becoming a thing of the past, but think about how happy you become when you get a simple note in a Christmas or birthday card. Why are those the only times of the year when we decide to take the time to put an actual pen to an actual piece of paper?
    Letters are wonderful things. You can say so much in a letter, and it doesn’t have to be pages long to get your point across.
    You could send one to an old friend. Imagine their delight when they open their mailbox and find that you’ve cared enough to write and ask about them.
    You could send one to your child. Imagine the keepsake they’ll have to read over and over again.
    You could send one to your spouse or your partner. It’s difficult to sometimes say what it is we want to say to the people we love the most. Imagine being able to open up so completely simply by choosing your words carefully, and imagine their pleasure at seeing you’ve done so.
    There are so many people in our lives that deserve a letter from time to time. Ex teachers, work colleagues, your favorite coach, when you really take the time to think about it, the amount of people that deserve that time spent composing the letter is larger than you could imagine.
    Page 2 of 2 - Letters make people smile. They remind us that keeping up with people is important.?They keep us grounded and sane in what has become an increasingly fast paced and anonymous world.
    I urge you, pick up a pen, a pencil, a marker, whatever you have at hand, and simply write a letter.
    Think of what you want to say and say it.
    I plan on writing a few letters over this holiday period. There are so many people I want to catch up with. There are so many questions I don’t know the answers to anymore in the lives of people I used to keep up with regularly.
    I’m not saying that the simple act of writing a letter will fix the problems of society.?I’m not saying that all of a sudden, we will become a nation of people who have more time for each other, or focus more on small kindnesses. I’m not saying that writing a letter will turn us all into more caring or compassionate people.
    What I am saying is that maybe, just maybe, we’ll all be reminded of a simpler time. We’ll remember when things were on a more personal level, and all I keep thinking is that really can’t be such a bad thing.

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