Mailboxes

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The motion picture The Lake House has one item, aside from the lakehouse itself, that is significant to the lovers - the mailbox. It is their portal in communicating with each one. But more than being the conduit to make possible the exchange of letters to communicate, with it, they are able to transcend time so that in the end, an unsual love story falls into place.

With today's phenomenon when phones have become the dominant way of communicating, it is quite unconventional for a mailbox to serve as a means to be in touch, more so, a means to manipulate time. Nevertherless, we take a look at how it brings us convenience.

Mailboxes, be it residential mailboxes or commercial mailboxes, can be of benefit to the letter's recipient in two ways. First, if the person is doing some house chores, he'll never have to be bothered, except when a break is needed, by the postman when a missive or a parcel arrives. Second, if the person is out to the office or perhaps to the market or mall, he'll never have to worry about missing his letter.

Mailboxes can be beneficial to the postman as well. Because mailboxes are present, the postman will never have to worry about not delivering the letters just because the recipients are not around. He will never have to wait for the recipient taking time to get interrupted from a house chore.

From a certain perspective, it can be said that the internet has adopted this kind of concept. When a person emails another, he'll never have to go through the hassle of waiting for the receipient to go online. He can send emails anytime even if the recipient is not around. Same with the recipient. He can receive emails through his inbox, which is the mailbox of the internet, anytime without waiting for the other person to go online.

Mailboxes then have introduced us to a convenient way of communicating. And perhaps they actually have introduced us to a way of transcending time as well. With them, the recipient will never have to waste time getting interrupted. And the postman will never have to wait for the preoccupied recipient.

2 comments:

Kersson said...

I used to write letters and send them through my local post office. To tell the truth, I feel exciting when I open the door of my house and I can find some letter in my mailbox. I like looking at the hand-writing of the other person. Times have changed. And now, I sit in from of my computer each time I have to write a letter. Sending emails is not my preferable option to communicate with other people but the quickest one. This is life.

Novice Blogger said...

Yeah, I admit that there is still some kind of a pleasure derived from reading something in print, or in a real paper rather than in a computer screen. I think it's the making of a personal touch. And perhaps the flipping of pages also gives some kind of satisfaction. It's all about the sense of touch.