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- When was the last time you received a handwritten letter via snail mail? See all answers
- April 12, 2011 by sekardewi
- Snail Mail. Snail Postcard.
Hm, I really can't remember when was the last time I received a hand-written letter via snail mail and I can't remember when the last time I sent one was.
But I remember the last postcard I received. It was just days before Christmas last year and it has a picturesque view of the highest point in Peru on the cover. That postcard took almost 2 months to arrive. The sender – my fiancé- had been already back home when I got it.
I also remember the last postcard I sent out to my fiancé. I sent it a few weeks back from a pretty busy post office. The postcard has a picture of some Buddhist temple of Singapore on it. I wrote “In Singapore only for a weekend” on the top of my usual “wish you were here, Baby” there. I didn’t seal that postcard with a kiss though. It would’ve looked so weird in front of those post office people if I’ve done that.
Yes, we’re one of the rare couples who still send snail mail to each other.
You see, there are thousands of miles separating us and we live by the Long Distance Relationship golden rule: Communication is the grand-daddy of any relationship. So we talk on the phone a lot when we’re at home (by ‘home’, I mean he’s there at his and I’m at mine), text a lot (thanks to the nerds who invent BlackBerry Messenger), send postcards when we’re travelling and send mushy greeting cards celebrating our important days.
Sending postcards is not popular these days. More than once, I’ve gotten this strange look from my friends who happen to be with me in a bookstore overseas. “Postcard, really? Why don’t you just send emails from that smart phone of yours?” is a question I’ve heard too many times. And believe it or not, unlike bookstores here, not every bookstore sells postcards in most Asian countries. I have to spend some good time browsing for places that sell them. I usually go to those tiny book stores at the train station or at the airports.
Last October when I was in Bali, I was too busy taking pictures to send him a postcard. I sent him by email my photo of picturesque view of Balinese paddy field and wrote that I took great photos that day. He seemed to be okay with it and I thought I had found a perfect way to still send him “postcards” online. But then came December, a postman hand-delivered my fiancé’s postcard from Peru to my office. Oh, to hold that piece of postcard that was once carefully picked out, carefully written, and lovingly sent by my fiancé I made a promise to myself to always send him snail mail when I was away.