When I go out in the afternoons, I often see elderly people coming out to check the mailbox. Sometimes I see them waiting by the mailbox for the mail to get there and I wonder ” What could they possibly expect to get?”
I know my own mail is invariably worthless and unexciting.( An exception was the recent Federal rebate check but that was a one time occurence !) Usually my mail consists almost exclusively of offers for credit cards ( no, thank you), sales circulars and appeals from charities. Why do these people think I have cash to spare? They must know something I don’t. As for the credit card offers, I think back to when I was first starting out and wanted a card . I didn’t have a credit history and since I’d only just started my first job I was considered too much of a credit risk. Finally I managed to get a Diners Club Card and after using it for 6 months and making payments on time I got a Visa Card. Now, when I don’t need more credit cards, I get offers in the mail almost every day. But isn’t that always the way it is? It’s like when one is fresh out of college and searching for a job . Prospective employers want experience but , unless you get a job, you can’t get experience. It’s a Catch-22.
As for charities, I wish there was a way to stop being pestered by them. We contribute to some causes which are important to us but sending in a contribution only elicits another appeal ; often , several appeals in the course of a year. I wonder what part of my contribution goes towards fundraising and how much is left for the cause.
Little wonder that most of my mail goes almost immediately into ‘the round file’.
Time was when the mailbox contents was interesting and eagerly sorted through. That was before the days of e-mail , the times when people actually wrote letters. Those days are long gone and I must admit that my letter writing skills have also become rusty. E-mail and telephones iare so darn efficient and instantaneous that I ( and most everyone) can’t be bothered with writing letters anymore.In fact, I can’t remember the last time I received a personal letter or wrote one.
No. You won’t find me waiting for the mailman but I’ll admit it …. practically the first thing I do in the morning is to turn on the computer and check my e-mail !