Friday, March 12, 2010

My Pen pal

Go ahead and unplug.

I know telling my blog readers to sign off their computers is like a retail shop owner telling customers to stop buying clothes, but hear me out.

Today, I received a package from my dear friend Keith. Keith is an English teacher in Korea and we decided to keep in touch strictly via letters since he left. Sure, we can e-mail, Facebook or tweet but there is something exciting about searching through a pile of mail (bypassing bills and alumni brochures) and finding a handwritten letter bursting with updates.

What used to be the only way people kept in touch has become an almost dinosaur form of communication. But it is a known fact that people love personalized snail mail. Think of the e-mails devouring your inbox or the constant flow of online information you filter through every minute of the day. Now imagine coming home to a letter or a card in the mail. Don't you feel better already?

I'm all about old-fashioned communication.

It's a distinctive way to deliver a message and can set your piece of information apart. I'm an avid thank you card writer and I find people are super appreciative after receiving one of my cards. I also managed to land my very own penpal (here's looking at you Keith). His letters make me laugh out loud, and I love reading about all of his adventures. This time he sent some treats including crackers/cookies, pine tree toothpaste and socks that feature these famous crime show celebrity stars that are apparently all the rage in Korea.


I know you're jealous. So the next time you want to send a thank-you or a friend goes abroad, hold off on the e-mail and grab a pen and some paper.

It's time to get your cursive on!

4 comments:

  1. So fun! Remember when we were all "pen pals" that one summer and signed best friend contracts HAHA We were such weird kids, we lived down the street from each other! HAHA

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  2. I love this! I am totally getting a pen pal :)

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  3. this post is true..except you should probably step away from ur Mac more often. u already know my views on this lol
    I'm going to wear those socks

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  4. I heart snail mail (and sweet socks) !

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