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Monday, October 30, 2006

Week 2 - Discussion Question 1 - The Importance of Mail

On page 89 Matt's family discusses the important news from Pennsylvania which comes in the form of a letter. Matt's mom even comments on the speed with which the mail arrived to Missouri from the east coast: "A bit less than two weeks in transit. That seems quick, for these times."

Mail in the mid 1800's was a big event. Today we often find junk mail and flyers on a daily basis but for the time period described in the book, each piece of mail was treasured. Have you ever waited for a letter or a package to come to your house by mail? What is the most anticipated letter or package you have ever recieved?

Please leave your answer below by click on the "comments" link and then responding. Please remember to not include your first and last name. You may use only your first name or comment with no name.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the most anticipated letter/package that I have waited to recieve before was a letter from my great aunt. This was important to me because I haven't seen yet spoken to my great aunt in about 5 years, so when I got the letter it was just amazing to hear how she was doing and everything!

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before the days of email, my family and I lived outside the United States for a number of years. Every letter from family and friends back in US was highly anticipated and greatly enjoyed.


9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't often get mails that are highly anticipated, since most of them are junk or are for my other family members. I do have a sister in Hong Kong, but we have a phone in which we can actually see each other and talk, so she doesn't need to send letters.
Occasionally, though, there have been mail that I've been dying to get. There was one for our 8th grade MC String Quartet (with Dhruv the Dominant and The Concertmaster). We entered a special event hosted by a professional string quartet, and waited patiently for the results. But finally, after a long wait, they told us it was canceled...

However, since mail comes so rarely for me, when one does come by, I feel pretty good.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always anxious to receive report cards and standarized testing results in the mail. There are many other things that I have been waiting for, but they don't normally come by mail, but a lot of time by phone and somtimes, especially for orchestra audition results, they come by e-mail now.

~MC Concertmaster

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mail is fairly important to me right now. All the letters from high schools are coming in, and I have to make a decision where to go. During the normal year, I am always anxious to receive mail from my school for report cards and schedules.
~Dhruv the Dominant

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandfather always sent me mail for the holidays with money. Three years ago, he died in early December. That year, a hoped and hoped and wished and wished that I would get a card from him. It never came.

~ MC Candy Apple

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time the mail comes, I am one of the first out there to get it! Mail is fairly important to me at this time in my life. We get grade cards in the mail sometimes and invitations to World Leadership Conferences. The most anticipated mail I get is probably the mail from the World Leadership Conferences because it makes me proud to recieve them.


9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every day i come home, im the one to get the mail so i think each letter is special. Like grade cards, invatations and etc. The most anticipated mail i ever got was probably when i got my grade report that said all a's beacause i was excpecting worse.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every year around the time of mid-August, I'm eagerly awaiting for my school schedule to come. By that time, I'm usually very bored and can't wait to go back to school. I love recieving my schedule in the mail, because it gives me a reason to call all my friends and compare classes. =)

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to long ago my mom ordered one of my favorite band's T-shirt for me. I was always the first one to go and get the mail when we got home. I could not wait to get it. I can see how hard it must have been to wait for something that you wanted by mail in the 1800s because it took so long.

Johnny Ricter

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually always anticipate packages around the big holidays, especially Christmas, but other than that I have never really yearned for a letter. The greatest letter I have ever received would have to be the invitation to play in England for soccer.

Jam Master A

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have waited for mail before, such as letters from friends, though recently I have been waiting to recieve a letter from a camp that I went to with friendsto see when I can go again.-Juno

4:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I have waited for a package and I mean waited. I was with my cousin two years ago and he lives in Chicago and I'm in California and he said he would mail me a hat from his college, Sock Valley. After a about a year it finally came and i wear it all the time. In fact I am wearing it right now
-Ozzy Bird

8:59 PM  

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