Magic #6 – Classic letter writing

The only time I use snail mail is when I send letters to three bishops I admire and treat as my spiritual fathers (it’s possible). Apparently, snail mail is not dead. Two months ago, I received a reply from the secretariat of one of these bishops (this retired prelate used to be called Cardinal Ratzinger, I don’t know if you know him). The reply came via snail mail.

So my point is: snail mail is alive, and I think it would be good to use it once in a while for the following reasons:

  • The ladies and gentlemen at the post office deserve a break by actually having some customers. The one who took my letter today was very attentive and courteous despite the sweltering 4pm heat. I was amazed by their endurance at having to work in such a dilapidated place; pawnshops are far better!
The humble Ermita Post Office. From

The humble snail mail center. From

  • Writing in longhand makes you value the fact that you are communicating to whoever you’re writing to because you’re actually doing something with concentration and effort!
  • Pen and paper on hand can be a potent trigger of childhood memories (mine include writing to a doting aunt in the US and to “penfriends” in Finland and France, and drafting cheesy poetry). As for whatever bitter memories pen and paper may trigger, though, a non-sentimental filtering process should come in handy.
  • The entire exercise will make you grateful email was invented!

3 thoughts on “Magic #6 – Classic letter writing

  1. I can’t even remember the last time I received a letter. There is something really romantic and nostalgic about sending handwritten letters. You just gave me a great idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you!

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