One day during my sixth standard annual vacation, I was playing for the entire day (as usual) and came home in the evening. My mother told me that someone had sent me a letter by post. I was shocked. A letter?? for me???
Do you remember the blue-colour inland envelope letter with a printed stamp on it? That’s what I got. I saw the name of the person who sent it, and it was my bench-mate during the previous year. I did remember us discussing sending letters to each other during vacations (this was just one among so many other grand plans we made), but I never took it seriously.
He not only took it seriously, but also wrote a letter and sent it to me!!
Frankly, that’s the only hand-written letter I ever received, but the joy I felt while being informed about the letter, while tearing it open, while reading every word written in it, is just unmatched. It’s impossible to explain it in words, I was in cloud 9!! 🙂
Right on the next day, I bought an inland envelope, scribbled something and posted it to him. But there were no more letters from his side and the exchanging of letters stopped with just one. I went to a different school from the next year. One year later, when I bought a cycle, I went to his house. But they had already shifted their house from there!
Later on, when I was discussing about this with another friend, he told me about the concept of pen-friends. He told me that people from different states/different countries write letters to each other and become friends. I was enthralled by this very concept. But he did not know how to get pen-friends.
I went and pestered my parents. They asked me to read the ‘classified section’ of the news paper. Someone might advertise that they want pen-friends. I religiously glanced the classified section for a week, but no one advertised. I got bored and forgot about it!
In this age of instant e-mail & instant communications, I sometimes wonder what it would have felt like, to have lived two generations earlier. We might have exchanged many letters by post. Maybe I would write a blog post and send it to all of you by post. You would have sent me your comments, by post too! 🙂
Have you received any hand-written letters by post?