My birthday may have been a little over a week ago, but there’s still a gift I would like… a P.O. Box. I have been debating about getting one for a while now, and since it’s the 10th I will share 10 of my reasons for wanting one in addition to the the mailbox I already have.
1. Considering how I’ve had this pen pal-friendly blog for a year and a half now, it’d be nice to enclose an address for potential pen pals to write to without letting the world wide web know where we live.
2. In addition to letters, I’d also love to receive fan mail. Fans of SK could make artwork for the page or simply just drop me a line.
3. Although it still counts as fan mail, the thought of people sending “Dear Kate” letters that I could respond to online is an especially fun thought.
4. Once upon a time I posted a blog called “Postcards from Wonderland” (along with this follow up) and though those postcards were mostly sent by Postcrossers, I’d welcome postcards from that franchise from anyone and everyone should they stumble upon them.
5. I have been considering sending letters to inmates, but the only way I’d be comfortable doing that is if they don’t know where we live. As I get to know them I may change my mind, but I need to be confident my family will be safe.
6. In January a snow plow knocked our mailbox over and the four days it wasn’t up were four of the longest days of my life! Our box was already hit once before so of course I’m worried it may happen again. In the event that it does, I’d like to have a P.O. Box available that I can forward our mail to so I don’t have to go days without any letters or postcards.
7. Our town is pretty small and our street’s without a sidewalk so without anywhere to really go to I rarely go for walks. Our post office is a bit too far away for me to want to walk there regularly, but on the days where Logan’s at his grandparents’ and the weather’s not too cold &/or too rainy, it’d be the perfect excuse for me to get some fresh air and exercise.
8. You know how smokers will have a cigarette when they need a moment to calm themselves, or how some people will grab a beer or a glass of wine when they want to relax? Getting the mail is my equivalent. I get to step away from my responsibilities for a moment and when I come back I feel recharged. I wouldn’t say I need two of these moments a day, but on days where I didn’t get anything or if Logan’s in a bit of a mood, it’d be great to have a back up fix.
9. Around this time last month I became a member of The League of Extraordinary Pen Pals. Most of the members have their address included in the database, but I just can’t bring myself to add ours. I wouldn’t say I don’t trust the other members, but considering there’s almost 200 I’d like to take some sort of precaution. Plenty of people in the group send random mail for kicks and giggles and I’d love to be on the receiving end, but when it comes to where me and the boys live, I’m more comfortable with stuff that’s a bit more predictable.
10. This last one kind of combines a couple yet is a reason all its own. I think the world of our mail carrier, but she doesn’t close the mailbox tightly after delivering our mail. When I’m not able to get it right away I sometimes find that the letters have gotten wet or that snow has seeped inside. Now that I’m in the LEP, I notice that everyone I’ve corresponded with so far has made their own envelopes and I’m worried that the elements could potentially do some damage to the contents inside of them. With a P.O. Box that’d never be an issue.
There you have it, my 10 reasons. I asked my pen pal Ruth to make a little comic on my behalf (a Kate version of this one) and I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a bit of an 11th one– I’d love to dig my way out of such a mail pile, hehe.
Gabe thinks it would be silly to spend $30 on such a thing each year when we already have a mailbox, and Amber of the LEP said P.O. Boxes may actually cost more for people who already have door service so this will likely be a thought I continue to play around with that may never come to fruition. Feedback is more than welcome, even if it is to just tell me I’m a bit of a nut.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~