Zoe came running out from the den/office/playroom the other day saying, "Look mommy, look at these cool stickers I found." When I looked, I had to laugh, "Those aren't stickers, their stamps. Stamps cost money so let's not stick them everywhere, ok?" Then it came. The question. "What's a stamp?" she asked.
My daughter had no idea what a stamp was.
I realized that she had never used a stamp.
Growing up I would write letters to my grandparents and mail them all the time. Now Zoe and Dylan email their grandparents or call them on their cells (Zoe is quite good at that!) since there isn't long distance charges. I would often watch my parents pay the bills, add the stamp, and put them in the mailbox to send them on their way. My kids know that when I have the stack of envelopes beside me and I'm grumbling at the computer, I'm paying the bills. When Christmas rolled around, I would help mom add the Christmas stamps to all the Christmas cards. Now we take the picture, put it on the blog, Facebook, and an email along with a Christmas greeting and call it a day.
Of course, she didn't know what a stamp was because she doesn't use them or see me using them. Matter-of-fact the ones she discovered were the 2 cent ones that I must have used at some point to adjust the price going up. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I did buy stamps. I couldn't even tell you how much they cost.
Maybe it is time to take a field trip to the post office and purchase some stamps. I can enlighten my children on the good ol' days. You know before there was the email, no long distance phone plans, blogs, and Facebook. You know, way back then.
So who wants a letter?
I just have to ask, do you use stamps regularly? If so, what for?