Return to Sender: My Love of Snail Mail
Recently, my sister and I caught an episode of Wheel of Fortune on television. I’m more of a Jeopardy! girl myself, but my sister loves ‘the letters’ game so I settled in. One of the puzzles fell under the category Event and had tons of tiles.
By the time the player figured out the puzzle, it looked roughly like this:
Please forgive my ignorance, but when exactly did ‘receiving a hand-written letter’ become an Event? An event, to me, is something a bit more significant than finding a letter in my mailbox.
Don’t misconstrue my position on letters, though. I love to write and receive letters and cards and try to send them to friends and family regularly. Admittedly, I don’t receive as many letters as I used to but usually get a card or two a week. I just wouldn’t compare getting a letter to getting a promotion or a Silver Anniversary.
Email is convenient, cheap, and speedy, but I really love the ritual of writing letters. I’m a bit of a stationery hound too, so that adds to my enjoyment.
As a kid, I was a freak for pen pals. I’d buy teen magazines not for the articles but for the pen pal blurbs in the back. I’d pick a few ads that sounded promising, dash off introductory letters to potential friends, and then await replies. I developed a few long-term pen pal relationships (a year or more) through the magazines, including one girl from Grand Junction, CO.
So, am I old-school with my love of mailing and receiving letters? Are your days of posting letters or cards to friends and family over? Is receiving a letter by mail an event worthy of its own puzzle on Wheel of Fortune?