Slow and Steady wins the heart

Snail mail is a dying tradition all around the world. Everyone would be quick to save a tradition like laundry day or spring cleaning, so why would we not make the same sacrifices for snail mail? Slowly more and more hatred is being spread throughout society with results showing all throughout the world. The New York Times published an article written by Susan Shain explaining why snail mail should be saved. In the article Susan says, “If you want to show you care, snail mail is an effective method. Think about the last time you received a hand-addressed missive – didn’t it make you smile?”, with this thought provoking question Susan shows the reader that small gestures do make people feel loved.

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Submitting Letters

When I heard that we had to write letters I instantly had a fear rise inside of me. I had no one to write to and nothing to say. I had never wrote anything important that I would eventually have to send out to someone. I had never sent or received any form of mail other than an invitation to a birthday party at a younger age. I could have easily picked my parents or a grandparent and said I loved them and not be judged for whatever I put into the letter. However, I was determined to write to someone who had never received a handwritten letter either. I looked at my best friend beside me and realized that I wanted to write my first letter to her. Writing my first letter to Jaanai was a big fear for me. I delayed the writing of the letter as long as possible while still being to get it done before the submission day. The letter was shorter than I had hoped, but still put a smile on her face when we realized that we had chosen each other for the assignment. When writing my second letter I realized that it was much easier and I felt more comfortable. I wrote my second letter to my best friend Peyton. I used this opportunity to mail her a birthday card since her birthday was just a few days later. Peyton called me the day the letter arrived and thanked me before she informed me that this was the first letter that she had ever received also. Receiving these reactions from my friends made me think about the statement that Susan made in we could all use a little snail mail right about now. Susan quoted Ms Shepherd when she said, “There’s something permanently charming about getting an envelope in the mail,” “It’s as if someone gift wrapped their words for you.” (Shain, 2018)

Writing snail mail in English 1-11 taught me that doing things the old fashioned way are more of an emotional concept that many people still enjoy. I unfortunately was very disappointed when I personally mailed a letter to judge Gregory Hayes about an assignment for another class and did not receive a response for three weeks. Maybe this is one of the reasons snail mail is on the decline. When you take the time out of your busy schedule to ask someone a question or tell them you care about them, but then don’t receive a response it is emotionally draining. I personally will not let this one experience of failure change my new view on snail mail and I will continue to mail out letters for a very long time.


Works Cited

Shain, Susan. “We Could All Use a Little Snail Mail Right Now.” The New York Times. 8. Oct. 2018. Accessed 1 Apr. 2019.

One thought on “Slow and Steady wins the heart

  1. Breanna,
    Your reflective essay, “Slow and Steady Wins the Heart,” presents a thoughtful look at how the process of composing snail mail over the course of the semester contributed to your development as a writer and critical thinker. Editing to eliminate errors of punctuation and style would strengthen the essay. I encourage you to continue to engage in the practices and habits of mind that you cultivated in English 111, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with you again in English 112 and/or in one of the 200-level literature surveys.


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