I think everyone likes to get mail, the real kind, that is. The real kind, to me, is letters or notes or cards or anything that is not addressed to Resident. There is nothing quite so satisfying as opening up a letter from a friend. Although emails can convey nearly as much information, it isn't the same. Nor, I would think, are text messages (I don't text message obviously). No, a letter or card is much better. The only exception might be if the email or text message is urgent and generally they aren't satisfying, just important, but I digress.
Until just recently, no matter where I lived, I always got my mail delivered in the afternoon. It was often late afternoon, too, and I always thought that it would be cool if delivered in the morning. Maybe even more exciting. Wrong! (At least in my opinion). The post office routes have recently changed, and we now get our mail mid-morning. The highlight of getting the mail in the morning has rather ruined the whole day for us. There is nothing to look forward to, ie, the excitement of checking the mailbox for surprises. It could be said that we could wait until late afternoon to retrieve it, but the reality is that once it is placed in the box, it is hard to ignore. Thus, we go get it and then get on with the day.
Having said that, I still think that snailmail is important. Brightening someone's day (even if it comes delivered in the morning) with a note or card may be a small thing that makes a person feel glad to be alive. In fact, I went to a writer's conference a month ago. One of the speakers talked about the joy of writing notes and cards to encourage, affirm, congratulate, etc. As an example, she said that she often sends notes and cards to her mother who looks forward to that time of the day (ie, getting the mail is the highlight of her day). I spoke with her later, got her mother's address and sent off a card a few days later. It is my intention to do that every so often; I know that she and I will never meet, however, that's not the point. A few days ago, I received a nice note from the speaker herself. Thanks Mary!
Emails may be easy, they may be quick, they may be cheap to send, but they aren't nearly as fun to receive and by sending a note, it may make someone's whole day!
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association