I remember when checking the mail was exciting.
Before the days of direct mail and coupon flyers. When bills were in the minority. I might find the next book from the monthly book club. Birthday cards from every single one of my aunts and uncles. A box! With a gift in it! From grandma! A letter – handwritten, no less. Or a postcard from my best friend on her summer vacation. My little neighbor friend and I used to write letters to our postman to thank him for delivering our mail. That’s how much I loved it.
That time is long gone, but I like keeping that excitement alive a little. My husband and I love sending out mass mailings to friends and family. We jump at the chance to do any sort of announcement – moving, new baby, holiday. After our last baby’s announcement, I realized it would be more than six months until our next foreseen mailing. I made an argument for a Christmas-in-July card to no avail. I’m going to have to live vicariously through you.