After nearly a year of staying in touch with our family and friends with Zoom, FaceTime, phone calls, text, E-mail and just about everything else, I’ve rediscovered a traditional way of reminding people that they’re loved: Mailing a care package of good food.
It all started with my last blog about starting new traditions. That got me thinking about how far-flung families and friends historically stayed in touch. Which lead me down the rabbit hole of learning how our founding fathers believed that the postal service was so important, they wrote it into our Constitution.
I’ll save you some time: It’s because most countries recognized that mail was the primary method of staying in touch—the E-mail, Instagram, and Facebook of the 1700s.
My New Year’s resolution is to start using the postal service to send monthly care packages to my family and friends.
Why is food such an important way to say “I love you?”
The obvious answer is that it helps to sustain life. But it’s so much more.
Remember when our parents and grandparents took the time to make us a meal or even a snack? It included their love, homemade ingredients, a special trip to the market, a lot of time, and their personal seal of approval.
Being delicious was super important! But we subconsciously knew that the care they took was reassuring. Which are two reasons why we now consider those meals and snacks to be comfort food.
That’s where my husband Hector comes in. He makes food the way generations of his family made it in Mexico. “When food is made by someone who cares while working in a friendly environment, you can taste the difference.”
While there’s an endless list of reasons why it’s not possible for us to spend as much time today, we can still say “I love you” by mailing good food with our personal guarantee.
When you send a care package, don’t tell the recipient in advance. Let the postal system work its magic.
Yes, it’s slow compared to electronic communications.
But that’s part of the fun!
It’s because we all know that it takes a little more effort to accomplish, sending the gift of good food through the mail becomes extra special to the person receiving it.SHOP NOW