Hey Mr. Postman

By Celeste DeCamps | General

Dec 15
"Letters From the Heart Will Never Go Out of Fashion."
Apparently, I'm considered "old fashioned" because I still like mailing holiday cards to friends and family. "Don't you know everyone sends season's greetings by email, text, or FaceBook? No one bothers with cards anymore." Yes, I know all about the excellent technology at our fingertips, but I like sending and receiving cards and letters. The little girl inside me still gets a kick out of opening up an envelope that isn't a bill. I love the artistic designs of today's cards. They're flashy, fun, and colorful. Emojis are cute, but you can't hold them in your hand. You can't put them in a drawer and take them out once in a while to reread a pleasant memory.

I like sending text messages to people throughout the day. I enjoy sharing jokes and silly cartoons. Once in a while, though, I will find the perfect card for someone and write a personal message to let them know I'm thinking of them. It's a way to stay connected that I believe is more personal. Before the wonderful advancements of technology, writing letters was the best way to keep in touch. I guess a part of me misses that form of communication.

I'm also the type of person that will not text you to see if you're available to talk on the phone. I'll take my chances and call you. I'm fine with leaving a voice mail if you don't pick up. I do find it funny when someone will go to the trouble of texting me a long conversation and then say they're too busy to talk. I'll text back and say I understand, and then they will text for another ten minutes. I must really be "old fashioned" because this makes zero sense to me. Every time I think the person is finished texting, the little bubble appears. Now I feel stuck waiting for more text to arrive. Tell me again how this is more efficient?

Writing a letter allows me to express my feelings on paper. I find I take more time to shape my thoughts that I want to convey. It may be a heartfelt thank you or a walk down memory lane. Sometimes I add a photograph or two. Yes, an actual photo on paper that you can hold or put in a frame. I love pictures, and I have many that adorn my walls. I change them out every so often. I have a million images on my computer, but it's not the same. I know I'm "old fashioned."

When I drop a line to my family or friends, it lifts my mood instantly. I feel happier when I take the time to let someone know how grateful I am that they're in my life. Reaching out to each other is always necessary no matter what time of the year it is. Take advantage of all the resources available to brighten someone's day. You'll end up brightening your day as well. Before you know it, you'll be "old fashioned" too. 

About the Author

Celeste DeCamps has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Miami. She worked in radio and television, was a professional belly dancer, drummer, percussionist, nightclub owner, and a sales rep for Southern Wine and Spirits for 12 years. Throughout her different career moves, speaking to and teaching women how to be more confident is Celeste's most fulfilling job.