Sunday, January 26, 2014

Going Retro in 2014



How you wonder? Clothes – nope. Discman – nope, but I do own and still use it for my meditation cds. Elimination of mobile phone – no way. So how am I going retro? I’m mailing out birthday cards this year.

Yes. I said mailing out birthday cards.

I remember growing up and would begin checking the mailbox after September 10th for that very special piece of mail which was only for me. A card with a birthday wish celebrating the day I was born.

Fast forward and birthday wishes are now done via an electronic card or by posting on someone’s Facebook wall and that’s when I realized I wanted to reconnect with people the old fashioned way.

How’s my plan going? Interesting is the only way I can describe it. I purchased cards at my local C.V.S. and noticed the card aisles have diminished to a card aisle. When I went to send them, I realized I had no stamps as I either pay every bill online or have auto withdrawals from my checking account for large bills like my mortgage. Once I got my hands on some stamps, I was at a loss for my address book. In fact, I have yet to find it, but luckily the internet provided me with the addresses I needed.

I never asked my January birthday friends if they were surprised or even enjoyed getting something in the mail that celebrates the date of their birth, but I really enjoyed doing it and am glad I decided to go retro in 2014.

6 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles...hand written notes and cards...mail even....seems its time has gone...i think that is a cool idea for the new year...

Little Ms Blogger said...

@Brian, I am totally surprised how much of a positive impact it has made on me.

Lady Jewels Diva® said...

We still send out a few cards every year and only a few stores still sell them so there's not much of a range to pick from.

P said...

This is a lovely idea. Even when I BUY a card these days I usually do it, and arrange delivery through a website. The only card I've physically bought in a shop in ages was the Valentines card for my boyfriend!

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The Vegetable Assassin said...

I'm terrible at actually getting my act together and sending them. I remember. I mean to. Then I leave it too late. Plus they're so damn expensive nowadays if you want a decent one not a mediocre, half-assed one. Maybe I should follow your example this year. SHAMING ME LIKE THAT! :)