Postcard that made it from Egypt...despite being in the middle of a revolution...
E-mails, instant messages, mobile phones and free calls on Skype and other services have made the art of communicating much easier and enjoyable for me. However, traditional letters are still relevant. I argue that they are even more relevant now than they have been in a long time.
The art of postcard writing has been almost lost, but thanks to a few thoughtful friends it is staying alive!
It used to be a treat to get hand-written letters in the mail, but it was not uncommon. Now, I usually only gets bills and junk-mail -- this is even dwindling because many of my bills come to me by email and advertising is becoming more directed (fewer "blanket" campaigns).
Those days that I do find a rare postcard from a friend in a distant land... it is such a treat!
This last postcard arrived this week in Madrid after a three-week long journey from Egypt. My friends who wrote the letter were on a Nile cruise when the revolution started. Thankfully they were able to leave Egypt a few days later without harm.
I will leave you with my friends' closing words..."Tanks are coming, demonstrators are here and we can't leave the ship!"
...it just wouldn't be the same in an email.
-The United Statesian
PS... Make a list of people you would like to get a postcard from, compile the postal info, take it with you next time you travel, and make someones day with a well writen card.