What comes to your mind when you think about letters, mail, the postal kind? For me, I think of my youth and how I saw the impact of letters.
Very young I discovered the love letters between my parents during their courtship, during WWII. My mom has saved all my dad’s letters, in a satin pouch with an American Flag on the front. I’m sure it was something young lovers bought to keep their precious letters safe and to show support for our troops. Now I’ve always known where those letters were, in our cedar chest, and certainly I wasn’t supposed to be reading them, but I know I sneaked a peek at a few, they were lovely.
When I was 10 and 11 I went away to Girl Scout summer camp, and my mom sent me letters, the first one each time was written the day they dropped me off, and was filled with nonsense really, but I cherished them, and I still have them today.
The written word, the handwritten letter of communication is really a nearly lost art. Now we have email, and low cost long distance phone calls, cell phones and skype. When I was in college I think I talked to my parents maybe once a week. Do you remember how expensive long distance calls were as a child, we didn’t make them often, they were sort of a big deal.
So when one of my friends linked me to this blog post
, I was up for the challenge! I’m sharing the details that Katy shared on her blog:
“One piece of “real” mail sent out each week. It can be a letter, a postcard, a care package, a thank you note, handmade art, etc. I’m searching for all of the cards and stationary I have collected over the years and gathering them into one place with pens, envelopes (regular & padded), lots of stamps (.28 & .44), a glue stick, unlined index cards (great for making postcards), and a few USPS Small Flat Rate boxes. Oh, and I’m updating my address book.”
So there ya go, something unique and loving to do in 2011. Writing a letter takes time, and shows caring. Some will be short, some will be long, but all will show that I took the time to share.
Will you join me? Would you like a nice surprise letter in 2011? Share your address with me if I don’t have it, and who knows!