RIP Handwritten Notes?
In an age where most "mail" comes by the click of the mouse, our postmaster-delivered items typically read in the form of statements, utility bills, catalogs you wonder how you are on a mailing list for, and of course, coupon books filled with thousands of dollars in savings. Through it all, the handwritten note seems to have been lost in the shuffle. Sure, stamps cost money. The Post Office is often a black hole for time, and yes, it is inevitable you will forget to ask for that book of stamps in the checkout line at the grocery store. I can't help but wonder, are these the factors at play in thinking on the decline / extinction of the handwritten note? Has the digital age rewritten the rules on etiquette? Or maybe we are becoming complacent, satisfied with a few strokes on the keyboard and a "you've got mail" chime.
For the person receiving the note, the intimate communication is more valuable than the stamp that propels it. It symbolizes a break in time where someone stopped, thought carefully, and penned a personal message. Try and do that gmail!
Each year on my birthday, I can count on one gift. A new, freshly pressed package of monogramed stationary. When possible, I try and remember to do this as a gift for others. There are loads of fabulous vendors online that print and ship within days (game point for the "digital age").
Monogram wild - another fantastic gift idea.