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If I asked you this question: “Do you get mail?” I’m almost certain that 99.9% of you, our wrinkly friends, would answer “Yes!”
And it’s normal to receive it since we’re all tenants or owners of our home. We all have a mailbox. And it’s made especially for mail.
But let’s think about the type of mail we receive. In fact, I’m going to say that “you” receive, because we live in Moscow and it’s very different here. I’ll get back to that at the end of this article.
So you receive mail. At what rate? Every day? Every two days? Once or twice a week? Less often?
In short, it is not really the frequency or the size of the envelope that counts, but what it contains.
And they often contain unpleasant things. And so, the non-exhaustive list: at the top of the list there are of course the bills: electricity, gas, insurance, water, etc …!
After those, reminder letters that say you have to pay these bills! Sometimes even from the bailiff, for the same unpaid bills!
What else? Advertising for life insurance that promises a bright future…only when you’re on the verge of death!
And then too, advertising to go to the supermarket to fill your shopping trolley to the brim with junk food.
Go on, let’s continue: local taxes, land taxes, and all other mandatory taxes.
It’s all shitty mail, huh?
But is there ever anything nice in this little mailbox?
Come on, let’s try to find mail that makes us happy: Uh…so…uh…the marriage announcement of the cousin who lives in Canada! Yeah, well, it’s too far and too expensive to go there. And anyway, we haven’t seen each other for 10 years!
Uh…so uh…an invitation card to the housewarming of the new neighbours who have just moved in. A couple with three rowdy kids and a big dog barking all day. Not sure that’s going to be a friendly relationship!
Mmmm …uh…your son’s report card? Do we welcome this mail? We like to receive this, right? Yeah, actually, not really. We realize that he’s not gifted in English and in maths…like his parents! Shit! Will have to plan a private tutor for him! He should be studying instead of being stuck on his phone all day long!!
What other mail? Uh…oh yes, another announcement. That’s of the announcement of the death of your uncle of America. You know, this famous far-off uncle who everyone talks about and who’s made his fortune in the USA. Except that it turns out that it’s not a fortune he made there. It’s rather the opposite. He’s riddled with debts. It’s better to dismiss this opinion and pretend that you don’t know anything about it.
So, I think we’ve covered everything, right?
Oh no! We forgot about the postcard!
And yes, admit it, it’s nice to receive a postcard, isn’t it?
But do you remember when you last received one?
Probably not, because who still sends this kind of thing today? It’s true, with the internet, we don’t need to waste time and money with this useless object!
Yes, you’re right, it’s a little dated to send a postcard with the photo of the sea or a mountain. Or a church, or the village square where we spent our holidays!
But did you know there are rock ‘n’ roll postcards?! Look at these three.
I found them in Moscow and they’re rather interesting, don’t you think? In addition, they’re free! It’s actually advertising for concerts. I had others, but I don’t have them anymore because I sent them to friends!
And yes, I’m one of those who still writes postcards. And I’m sure it gives joy to those who receive them when they open their mailbox!
In conclusion, don’t hesitate to go back to this old fashioned practice. You’ll make your friends and family happy. The story of your holiday memories will be so much more appreciated if you write it on a postcard than if you send an impersonal message via the internet!
The mail in Moscow
I told you earlier that in Moscow it was different. But very interesting! I’ll explain.
Cheryl and I have lived here for 10 years, we rent a flat and we pay our rent every month.
And the mail?
Well, we don’t receive any mail, except…postcards! Yes, that’s the only thing we receive! Of course, we receive bills for electricity and other official notices, but it’s the owner who takes care of everything! Because here, everything is included in the amount of rent! Everything! Insurance, gas, water, heating, etc. So every month we pay our rent to the landlady, a fixed sum, and we give the mail to her, and that’s it! It’s very convenient because like that, there’s never a bad surprise in the mailbox! No bill to pay the week after spending all our money on tickets for the next holiday abroad! No surprise in winter because of the cost of heating (and thankfully because, as you know, it’s very cold here in winter!).
Letters from the income tax department? That’s paid by the employer!
No invitation to meet the neighbours either. No, here neighbourhood relations remain basic. Hello or good evening on the stairs, and that’s all!
So we never panic when we open our mailbox! On the contrary, we hope to receive a postcard! However this event is quite rare because few people do this today.
But maybe after reading this article, you’ll start sending postcards? And if you want to write to us, tell us in the comments and we will give you our Muscovite address (in Cyrillic!).
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