""i used to love the feeling of dropping a letter in the box.
for several days, the letter- in -transit would hover around
the edges of my consciousness.
this delay was an intrinsic part of the pleasure
of letter writing.
it had a special tense all it's own...
as iris murdoch has written,
the sending of a letter constitutes a magical grasp upon
( fall from grace by noelle oxenhandler )