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Manner Monday: Snail Mail



10 Things You Won't Believe You Haven't Taught Your Kids

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Snail-Mail: the antiquated art of putting an item in an envelope, affixing a stamp and dropping it in the mailbox for the postman to deliver to the intended recipient.

In today’s fast-paced world of emails, text messages and cell phones, I recently discovered, among some members of the younger generation, snail mail is quite the mystery.

The other day, members of our teen board came over to help with a mailing project.  We spent the first fifteen minutes of our time together talking about how to address an envelope, where to place the stamp, etc.  Much to my surprise, some of them have never personally completed such a task.  When probing further (as I’m sure you can imagine my shock, surprise, and curiosity) they admitted writing thank-you notes, but then passing off the note to a parent for addressing and mailing.

I don’t think any of us know what the future holds for snail mail… will it someday be replaced by electronic communication?  I hope not.  In my opinion, the joy of receiving a handwritten note (or invitation) in the mail is a special gift that cannot be replaced by technology or email.

So in the meantime, show the young person in your life how we used to do it in the ‘olden days’; teach them to address an envelope and affix a stamp.

We make the process fun in our house:

Magic markers… and yes, I step aside and let him do his thing

He’s responsible for putting the note in the envelope:

Licking the envelope:

I put an ‘x’ marks the spot (just in case)

At this stage, I address it for him… much to his chagrin, I don’t think the postman can decipher his ‘writing’.

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  1. Sid Burgess says:

    I write a letter almost every day. I agree with you, I hope it isn’t an “art” (sounds weird referring to it as such) that is lost.

  2. I love this! I usually ignore digital invitations unless they are for Tupperware parties or something similar. I certainly don’t think a digital thank you is good enough when traditional etiquette demands a written one!

  3. Thank you Sid and Suburban Princess for the comments! I love that you both on onboard with keeping the tradition alive and well!!!

  4. Matthew Kowalski says:

    What will most likely happen with snail mail is that it will become a luxury used for formal events and bureaucracy. Prices per stamp are going up because people are using e-mail more often; it is faster, less expensive, and has little chance of getting lost. This constant increase in stamp price to try and keep the postal service funded will just drive more people to use email instead of letters to conduct business so that way they can lower their overhead. However, there’s much to be said about receiving a letter in the mail that makes a person feel appreciated and respected.

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