By Gaoli “Chamomile” Moua, Staff writer and Copy Editor

Every now and again, I go through my mail hoping to find a letter, a card or a package among the bills and special offers.But very seldom do I ever receive anything of personable value, except for the occasional car insurance offers that try to imitate the intimacy of a handwritten note.If large corporations recognize the value and power of receiving cards and letter writing among consumers, why have ordinary citizens neglected this lost art?

Who does not long for a letter of news from distant friends and family, for an invitation uniquely designed for a specific celebration or just a simple “Hello” from abroad? As simple as they seem, these small gestures tickle hearts and can make any day better, more so than the typical Facebook poke and emoticons embedded in text messages.

While the mail tradition has declined in popularity due to the convenience of e-mail, e-cards and the increasingly fast but less personal social media, the appreciation for card and letter writing, particularly handwritten ones, has been forgotten. For this reason National Card and Letter Writing Month, starting April 1 and ending on Mother’s day, developed to celebrate mail and the connections between people and history that it has facilitated.

To commemorate the dying art of card and letter writing, find those stamps and dusty stationary that have been stored away and brighten someone’s day with a spontaneous greeting that can be kept for a lifetime.

Card and letter writing month encourages revisiting the emotional connection evoked by cards and letters that have been kept through the years. Despite the diminishing time-space continuum, technological innovations have not been able to affect people in the capacity that carefully handwritten letters and cards has and still does today.

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