I am going to go through withdrawal now that the contest is over. I will miss getting fun mail everyday. I do receive a few real letters each week from friends or family, but not as much as I used to. I love getting real mail. Having two mail deliveries a day was a real treat, one at home and one at the PO Box. Do you write real letters? Funny how we all are thrilled to find vintage envelopes and letters from another time period. There is so much historical insight when reading old letters. I love the graceful handwriting, the simple addresses, the old postage. They are so personal. What will our generation's great granchildren have left of us in the way of correspondence. Some will be lucky to have the art journals of this peer group, but in general today's population corresponds electronically.
I always mean to write more letters than I do but the computer is so instant and so efficient and can be sent to multiple people at once. During our courtship (does anyone use that word anymore???), John and I lived 2300 miles apart. When we could not be together, we e-mailed each other long letters each day. Both of us printed them out and put them in binders to keep which is wonderful, but I don't do that with most of my other e-mails, so they re lost for good. Well, kind of. I suppose someone somewhere knows how to retrieve them no matter how well we think we deleted them.
I think it was Virginia Wolfe who said "I open a letter and feel myself loved". So true.
There was an old mail art slogan "Senders Receive".
My mom used to say "You have to send a letter to receive a letter".
There is a nice website maintained by Wendy Russ that has a section on letters, letter writng and other intimate discourses and some other related and interesting topics.