Mailbox Musings

Walked to the mailbox and hoped to see a letter with happy news or some money.

Neither was found; just more bills to ponder and worry over.

No wonder I rarely venture out to the box. Just can’t stand the angst I discover inside.

Can’t help but wonder if that’s the reason why sending letters is so out of season!

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I'm a philosopher, dreamer, poet, writer -- not necessarily in that order -- and I get to write it all down and share it with the world thanks to the Wonderful World Wide Web!
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2 Responses to Mailbox Musings

  1. JL Stratton says:

    So true. It seems nowadays our mailboxes serve little purpose other than providing a repository for bills and advertisements addressed to you or the “current resident.” I also find it disheartening that the art of letter-writing is all but lost to history. Surely, it fell out of favor with the majority as technology advanced to the point of sending a text or meme through the airways with just a few quick strokes of a finger. Nonetheless, Letter-writing remains (although nearly extinct) a valuable means of artful communication. I submit this: how often does one hold onto a text or phone message so they might read the message over and again whenever they need a lift in heart or spirit? I can think of a mere few. But, how many (of our age, anyway) still have letters from their past that they keep? How many occasionally pull these letters from their envelope to reread the artful and sentimental message within. I submit that this message sinks so much deeper into one’s heart and soul because, with a letter, one experiences so much more than just the words. Old-fashioned paper letters produce a tactile feel, the sound of paper slipping against paper, the smell of ink and pulp, or maybe the hint of perfume. Although scarcely so, the paper has weight that is felt within one’s grasp. All of these things combine together in a kind of reminiscent soup for the reader and the mind gives this thing held in the hand a more secure place within heart and soul. But alas, who has the time for letters these days?

    • sandrabranum says:

      Ah Jim, you are such a romantic and everything you say here is true. Keep writing those letters, even if only in your mind, because we all need them from time to time. Regards, Sandy

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