Years ago — OK, many years ago, I used to get a little irritated if I bought a greeting card that had an envelope with “extra postage required” on it. It didn’t keep me from buying the card and I got over my irritation very quickly. Now, I almost look for cards that need extra postage. If they don’t “need” it, I usually put so much into my envelopes that I end up needing to add postage. I like adding extra postage now.
You might ask about the reasons that I like to add extra postage now. Well, there are really just three simple reasons. First is that I want to help the post office. Second, I love the art of our postage stamps. Third and possibly even more important, at least to me, is that I use the stamps as part of my mail art. It is F-U-N!
Now, I know that we Americans have complained on occasion about the cost of our postage, but in truth, we have little to complain about. If you stop to think about how far that little 45 cent first class postage stamp can travel here in the States, we get our money’s worth. Especially when you consider how much it cost in other countries to mail a first class letter. I read in this post on the Letter Writers Alliance blog about how first class postage in Great Britain has gone up about the equivalent of 22 U.S. cents in the last year and it is now about the equivalent of 95 U.S. cents! Doesn’t that make you feel lucky? It makes me feel lucky. To tell you the truth though, I’d pay that 95 cents here too and not complain a bit now.