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I was mulling this over and I realized what a good deal snail mail actually is. Think about it, for about the price of a sweet tea from McDonald's, I could make TWO people's day by sending them each a card or note.
For a mere 49¢, I can send something to anyone in the United States, no matter how remote. If I have a working address, it will get there. Unless they have a P.O. box, a mailman will actually drive or walk up to their house and put it in the mail box for me. It doesn't matter if it is a rainy or snowy day or the hottest day of the year, the mail man will still deliver the letter.
There could be a big mean old dog in the yard and somehow my mail gets to my friend.
If that were not enough, USPS delivers 6 days a week! (God rested on the seventh day, so should my mailman.)
But that's not all. For $1.15, less than the price of two sweet teas (notice a theme here?), I could send a note to anywhere in the WORLD. I could send to remote jungles in Africa or over-populated cities like Beijing. Now, I don't know how it works in other countries, they might not have mailmen deliver to the actual door of my friend, but they would hold onto the mail until my friend went to the post office to receive it.
You might argue that you can send a text to anyone in the world for free. That is true, IF your friend has a cell phone that receives texts. But anyone can receive snail mail.
The next time a friend of yours seems down in the dumps, send them a cheery note or a funny card. It takes so little to mean so much.
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt #4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: I chose to write on the word "mail". To read other bloggers responses, or to link up your own post, visit Kat at Mama's Losin' It.