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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Perfect piece of post

I am a lover of the snail in the form of mail.  I've been lucky enough to receive some great pieces of snail mail in my life.  In this world of texting and iMessage and Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp (all forms of communication that I embrace and adore) nothing beats the perfect piece of snail mail.

For my 30th birthday, my brother sent me a puzzle of a still from my favourite movie Purple Rain.  It arrived via snail mail, via Royal Mail to be exact.  I loved it so much I framed it.

One time, my love solicited the snail and sent me a giant cardboard box filled with 50 bags of Hot Fries.  Thank you FedEx!  I laughed so loud!  It was so funny in fact that after I polished off my first bag, I cleaned it out and framed it.

Hot Fries from my love.

Recently I received the BEST.PIECE.OF.SNAIL.MAIL.EVER!  If you've received a letter like this you know what I mean.  See evidence below:

C'mon CIBC!  Couldn't you have at least thrown in a "Congratulations!"  Maybe you could have used coloured letterhead?  Something? Anything?

Seriously though, after 10 years of paying off 3 different student loans, I am finally FREE (to focus on my mortgage....)  Best piece of mail ever!

What is the best piece of snail mail you ever received?


Claire Kiefer said...

So exciting for you: congrats!!!!! While I'm brimming with happiness for you, I'm feeling a bit of anxiety over the 90k that I still owe . . . can you believe it? Yikes.

Happy celebrating!

Unknown said...

Well, this wasn't written to me, but it's my favourite letter. From John Steinbeck to his then teenaged son, Thom:

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.



Megan McGregor said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so happy for you Faiza. This is truly a wonderful piece of snail mail.

sheba said...

congratulations! must feel like a load off your shoulders! best snail mail: hard to say, but i think indio's passport is right up there. we were so happy to have him join us in our wanderlust!

Emmett Katherine said...

I love snail mail too, but sometimes I don't trust it because things get lost. The best type of snail mail are thank you cards, and wedding invites I love getting those! Your debt free student loan letter is pretty sweet though!

Erin {pughs' news} said...

That's fantastic, Faiza! What a great feeling.

Every letter and postcard and parcel I ever got from Em was the best. So, so glad I kept them all.


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