Thursday, May 10, 2007

The joy of snail mail

I came across this article in the Globe today about groups that have formed in an effort to keep the old art of letter writing alive and it struck a chord because I used to be quite the letter writer back in the day before emails became the de facto means of keeping in touch.

I was pen pals with my cousin A in Amsterdam through the latter half of grade school, and with my cousin W in South Carolina all though high school. I still have 3 shoeboxes full of old letters that we exchanged, and a crazy supply of cute stationary I'd pick up at Chinese bookstores.

I must confess that I have a mild addiction for stationary. When I was in Japan a couple years ago visiting my friend S, I spent many hours perusing the stationary aisles in the various department stores there. May I just say that American Hallmark has got nothing on Hallmark Japan? And even though I don't write nearly as many letters as I used to, it doesn't stop me from browsing the stationary at Winners and buying the occasional box of discounted note cards.

Let us refer to exhibit A, the assorted stationary and related paraphernalia that I bought within (I think) the first few days of my 1 week visit:

S thought it would be funny to take a picture to document my addiction. Heh.

I've been trying to get into the habit of sending Thank You cards and I was pretty good for a couple years there, but have since gotten lazy again - it's a bit of a bummer to put effort into thank you notes and not receive any in return, like, ever, except for the occasional wedding thank you.

The one good thing that's come out of my addiction is that I'm prepared with a greeting card for just about any occasion. Consider Mother's Day: My manager was telling me yesterday about how crazy-expensive Mother's Day cards are. I haven't bought a Mother's Day card in several years so was shocked to hear that they were going for about $8 a pop - and not anything particularly special or oversize either! Is that not obscene??

This pretty beaded(!) Sanrio card is the one I plan on giving my mother this weekend:

It's a beautiful pop-up, yes, but the best thing? The best thing is that it was only JPY 360, which converts to about C$3.30 today!


The Lone Beader said...

I'm addicted to stationary too!!! For some reason, I cannot have enough of it. LOL.

william d. anderson said...

no addiction to stationary, but i did just buy a pack of thank you cards and envelopes. i've never been a letter writer, but one of the men's mags (probably esquire) just had a really well written article about the power of written thank you's. its odd that you just posted this and i just yesterday bought a pack of cards. sad note coming up...i bought the cards to send a thank you to a friend that helped me get a suit recently (he manages the gucci store in tyson's in northern va) but the day i was going to write the thanks...his father passed away. that changes the perspective considerably.

anyway. thanks for the comments on my blog. if you have any suggestions i would love to hear them.

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