Snail Mail

Snail mail, or what used to be called just “mail,” is a great way to keep in touch with friends., even in the age of social media.

I’ve been writing letters for sometime now. I put out a call for anyone wanting snail mail on Facebook and write those who reply.

My letters are silly; I’ve always been insecure about letter writing, so this is a way for me to stretch myself. After all, what do you say to someone you mostly encounter online? I also decorate my envelopes because art is fun and pretty and it makes use of muscles that haven’t been used in a long time.

I think I’m getting better, though. My art is fancier and my words are more profound. They still sound like they were written by a seven year old, but hey, baby steps.

Sometimes, people write back. Sometimes, they don’t. Sometimes, they text their thanks or post a picture of the letter. However they respond, or even if they don’t, I’m happy that they like the idea of getting mail, and that they let me write them.


Yvette Natalie U. Tan is a multi-awarded author of horror fiction and the Agriculture section editor of Manila Bulletin.

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