Small Pleasures from Debbie Tomkies


I received something exciting in the post today. No, I hadn’t won the lottery and I hadn’t inherited an estate from a long-lost relative. It was much more simple than that – it was a handwritten envelope. Now, this may seem a bit trivial, but the very fact that I feel moved to write about it made me realise how little of my mail these days is truly personal. Sure, I get bank statements and so on, but the rest is, let’s be honest, junk mail. Impersonal, mass-produced junk mail which goes straight in the (recycling) bin. (And yes I remove and shred the address and I don’t put the cellophane in).

So this letter (for letter it was), made me feel special – knowing that someone took the trouble to write to me, by hand, go to the post office, add a stamp and drop it in a letterbox. Not just pm me, email, post on my “wall” on Facebook – a real, live letter. And this made me wonder whether postmen and women feel the same. Is it satisfying delivering something you know will almost certainly give the recipient no benefit but go straight into landfill (or, if it’s lucky, be turned into loo roll?). Is there more pleasure in delivering  a lovely bundle of handwritten cards and hand-addressed parcels? I don’t know, but I shall ask my postie.

Either way, call me sentimental (or just plain dotty!), but I shall be ignoring my carefully typed “mail-merged” address list this year and writing out my cards and letters by hand. And hopefully someone as sentimental as me will also feel special, because, quite frankly, they are : )

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Thank you very much Debbie. Debbie designed the p/hop Chevron De Paix Socks. You can read more from her here.

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