On April 28, we got a surprise in the mail—a card from someone we haven’t seen in a long time. He’d seen our engagement announcement in the paper and was extending his good wishes.
When I was growing up, the printed newspaper was common—everyone saw it; the medium was also conducive to sitting down with your coffee and flipping through it. There was a good chance people read the obits, the wedding and engagements, the features. Today’s online formats just aren’t conducive to that type of experience—everything is branched and organized. It’s unlikely someone would read those sections unless he was interested in them.
So this note was so nice to receive—it’s nice to know someone’s thinking of us and went out of his way to send something snail-mail. But, as a former journalist, it’s nice to know someone still reads the actual newsprint.