I'm a big fan of post offices, mine in particular. The staff are (usually) friendly and helpful and they are starting to get to know me now. At first I was shy about offering up my pieces of mail art... wondering if there would be a comment, or some scathing remark about the problems my glued-on bits or unusual addressing style would sstuff up the mail sorting machines. But there's been nothing of the sort. One bloke in particular is always very careful about where he places the customs sticker or the airmail stickers so as not to mess up my design. I really appreciate his thoughtfulness.
The thing I find baffling about post offices is that they no longer seem to see post as their core business. It would be easy to think that post offices (in Australia, at least) exist so that you have somewhere to pay your bills, do your banking, apply for a passport, and by a gift... all in your lunch break. But post a letter?
Well of course you can mail a letter... but it's unusual.
Standing in the queue today I took special notice and watched as each person in front of me in the queue took care of all kinds of business in the post office. I was the only one sending mail.
I also saw DVDs, yoga mats, wedding planners, gardening kits, joke books, calendars, cook books and aromatherapy candles offered up for sale - just to name a few. But where were the letter-writing sets or notecards? Nope, none of those.
It almost seems like post offices are a bit ashamed or embarrassed to still be in the business of sending real life mail... especially personal mail.
Australia Post just reported a record loss, due to falling mail volumes. Now, I'm not naive enough to think that a few letter writers are going to save Australia Post, but still wouldn't you think it would occur to someone that maybe they should be a bit more enthusiastic about letter-writing?
Telstra (a major phone company here) has been running a campaign to remind people to ring their mum. I'd love to see Australia Post promote and advertise letter-writing similarly: as a way to meaningful connect with family and friends.
Oh well... I'll just keep on mailing my letters...
Love from Kaz
PS I'm away camping for the next few days so won't have internet. I'm due to draw another giveaway winner on Monday but it will probably be more like Tuesday or Wednesday... depending on when the kids and I decide to mosy back home.