It seems too unreal to be true, but alas, the U.S. Postal Service is running out of money and on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. The initial actions may be to reduce delivery services, cutting both Saturday and overnight delivery, but, such actions may not be enough to save this beloved (and necessary!?) service.
I admit to not writing as many letters as I could/should. Growing up, I was the worst pen pal (sorry Sissy!) and was horrible about dropping letters in the mail. Yes, the simple act of mailing. However, I have kept nearly every letter that was written to me and treasure them dearly, especially from people who are no longer around to share their beautiful thoughts through a hand-written note, card, or letter. Over the years, I have become a much better student in the Art of Letter Writing, but am nowhere near the prestigious (Wo)Man of Letters title that I covet. I thought, foolishly, that I would have a lifetime to perfect this art. I may have been mistaken. SO... in a last-ditch effort to save (really?!) the beautiful service of hand-written letter delivery and to connect with friends and family, I am going to spend the weekend writing letters. Ok, I will commit to sending at least one, hopefully more. I will commit to sending at least one letter every week for as long as I am able. Will you join me?
Oh, and don't be surprised if you find a letter in that magical little box of yours with this hilarious stamp. Stephen Colbert, literally (for you, Jill), cracks me up. You can purchase these ridiculous, over-the-top stamps here. You can watch his insanely funny show here or here (they have a better media player).
I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with cards, letters, pens, inkwells, and stamps.
p.s. This electronic letter to you does not count as a true letter... only snail-mail commitments here!
p.p.s. Here is a cute blog devoted to letters.