“I hanker for a simpler world.” – Lady Grantham
I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan. I have been for years. I guess it was meant to be because I was channel surfing one evening and I happened to catch the first episode about 10 minutes in. Everything about the series caught my attention after that. The setting, the overall beauty of the house and the people, the amazing English colloquialisms – all of it.
I faithfully watched every episode. Right up until the Season 3 finale. I’ve never quite forgiven the bastard writers for what they did. If you’re a fan, you know which episode I mean. If you’re not a fan I won’t give it away. It took me 4 years before I could watch the remaining seasons.
Here is one of the things I love my about the series and it doesn’t have as much to do with the show as it does the concept: the daily posts. These days, we “post” all day, sometimes a few, sometimes many. Tappity tap tap, <enter> and it’s done. Bonus! We can even include a picture or a movie!
It’s cool, and very sad. In the age of Downton, “Post” had a different meaning. To post something meant to send a letter or even just a note. Nothing instant about it. The fastest thing around was a telegram – something even slower than sending an AOL on your 14.4 modem. And to top it off, there were sometimes several posts a day. Meaning there was mail delivery more than once a day!
Today, we receive mail once a day, usually six days a week and quite frankly it’s nothing put crap. Carpet and furniture sales, political fliers and bills. The bloody bills. Is it any wonder there is no joy in heading to the mailbox? When was the last time you received a hand-written note from a friend or family member?
Like Violet, I too hanker for a simpler world. How grand it would be to not have cell phones. No email addresses, no Instagram! Imagine how relaxed our lives could be. Imagine the personal touches and smiles arriving daily.
Now, my handwriting sucks. I freely admit that. Still, I keep a supply of parchment note-cards and envelopes along with sealing wax and a stamp for when I want to send a special note. It give me tremendous joy to mail those.
I say take all of the money out of big tech and put those trillions in to an expanded Post system. Let’s get back to a simpler world.