I recently joined an online group that sends postcards all over the world (Postcrossing). So far I've sent cards out to Russia, Finland, Germany, Alabama, Ireland, Utah, and Estonia. I love the idea of making connections all over the world. Love the idea that the postal system isn't entirely dead (as compared to the internet). Love the idea that something I do might make someone's day 7000 miles away.
My Saturday was made by someone 6996 miles away. I received my first postcard from Taiwan (see below). It feels tangible evidence of life on the other side of the globe, a personal, hand-written note from someone that isn't just so many electrons and computer bits. I fear that as easy as it is to communicate with the entire world these days, we're actually losing the ability to communicate. We don't know how to talk, how to write an actual letter, how to convey a real thought or feeling. Sad.
But, for the first time in probably 30 years, I once again can't wait to check the mailbox every day.
The URL for postcrossing is: http://www.postcrossing.com I really encourage you to join.