I love getting postcards. And hand-written letters. Even long emails. There’s really nothing you can say with a postcard that you can’t say with a text or Facebook message, but what makes postcards special is that while texts are sent from the back of classrooms in boring classes or at the bus stop while waiting for the bus, writing a postcard is a task that requires you to sit down and think about what you want to say.
When you get a long, thoughtful letter from someone, you know that they’re thinking of you and they have something (stories? gossip? philosophical ramblings?) to share. No one writes you a letter to make a booty call or to use you as a back-up for failed dinner plans.
If you have a friend who’s studying abroad, or a grandparent you haven’t spoken to in a while, or even someone you see on a regular basis, write them a letter or send them a long email. I guarantee they’ll be glad to know you’re thinking of them. And who knows, they may even send you something in return.
I mean, who doesn’t like getting mail?