I grew up in a time when computers, the Internet, text messaging and all of the other impersonal technology we use today was non-existent. This means I remember the good ole days of hand-written letters and cards, and I continue to believe they are more special and meaningful than typed messages or electronic greeting cards. During my recent visit to Maine, I discovered something wonderful! The U.S. Post Office introduced a "Global" stamp, which can be purchased for only $1.10 USD. The stamp can be placed on any postcard or letter weighing up to 1 ounce and it covers the mailing cost to any country worldwide. This means you no longer have to guess about the cost differences to mail a postcard to France, Russia or Asia. With this stamp, the cost is the same no matter the country. Convenient. :) The designs on the stamp vary, but all of them contain colorful images of the globe. Btw, you will remember that a few years ago I had a fun contest with one of my readers where we sent packages to each other on the same day. It took Russian Post five weeks to deliver my book to her in Moscow, and I received my book in the USA in only three weeks.
I'm sure many of you recognize the book I'm holding. :) So many stamps on the Russian package! Has Russian Post improved over the years, or modernized its equipment? You will recall that when I was in Maine, I offered to send postcards to some readers. I sent cards to everyone who responded on the day the post was published. I know at least one person who lives in the U.S. has already received my card. How about my Russian readers? Have any of you received my postcard from Maine? They were mailed over two weeks ago to different cities, including Moscow, Vladimir, Samara and one was sent all the way to New Zealand! I hope they don't get lost and eventually make their way into your hands!
I don't think many people, especially the younger generation, send post cards or hand-written letters anymore. This makes me sad, but our culture is now programmed to expect instantaneous gratification and response on all levels, and this sadly includes interpersonal and romantic communications. However, if you ever visit the U.S., be sure to use this "Global" stamp if you decide to send postcards to your friends overseas! I'm sure they will be happy to receive your surprise in the mail! And the best things in life are worth the wait! :)