52 Weeks, 52 Letters –A 2011 Project

January 6, 2011 Uncategorized 8

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!

8 Responses to “52 Weeks, 52 Letters –A 2011 Project”

  1. MiMi

    I just had a conversation this week with someone regarding the lost art of letter writing and this is about the 3rd reference in the last week to this same subject…I think someone is trying to tell me something! I may just have to jump on this wagon with you!

    BTW..I am also trying to jump back into blogging. I have missed it so much and have really missed keeping up with you and your sweet family. I have a lot of catching up to do!

    God’s blessings on you and your family in 2011, sweet friend!

  2. Bonnie

    Anita I love the idea of this. I think I may join you. When I first moved away from home to another state my Mom wrote to me Faithfully. It was such a comfort to see her familiar hand writing when I was so homesick. I still have some of the letters and some recipes she hand wrote. It always makes me feel close to her when I see her handwriting.

    I agree with you it’s kind of sad that we don’t use the written word as much anymore. You’ve inspired me to pick up some note cards and drop something in the mail each week!

  3. Mnmom

    Oh this is wonderful! I used to love to write letters. And of course GET letters! I would add little drawings or magazine clippings. I might just follow you.

  4. Terra

    Anita I think you will do this with gusto! I like this a lot. I might join in on my own level. With life they way it is, I may shoot for 26 (every other week) instead of weekly….but I like this!

  5. Pam

    I love getting letters in the mail, but rarely do anymore. For years, I wrote letters to two dear college friends, but now with FB and email that has long ago stopped. Or when we do write long newsy letters to each other at Christmas and our birthdays, they are typed. How sad. But, like you, I received letters from my mom when I went away to college and I cherished them. Though purger that I am, I did not save any of them. When Katie went off to college this year, I vowed that I would send her a letter a week. And so far I have. She doesn’t check her mail all that often, but I can tell that she appreciates receiving the letters, even if she has yet to write back. So, in a way, I will be participating in your 52 letters project.

  6. Anita

    Thank you, Anita, for being the one to write about what a lot of us feel! It’s great that you’ve chosen to pass this along from your friend and from Katy’s blog.

    I love the idea and will challenge myself to do it.

    Best wishes for a peaceful and fulfilling new year.

  7. Denise K.

    Hello Anita!

    Oh yes, this is a great idea!!! Just think about how wonderful it is at Christmas to get a card and see your friend or loved ones writing…it just warms our hearts! A letter is never intrusive, and can be saved forever, so I hope it is an art that never dies…thanks for rekindling our love of letters! I write several notes or cards a week, and make sure my children still send handwritten thank you notes, etc..but they have started asking, “Why do we have to write them when everyone else e-mails a message?” SO, your post will motivate us all to return to the love of a letter! 🙂 Wishing you and your family a blessed new year in 2011!

  8. Sandy

    I wonder whether letter writing, cards, postcards, etc., will disappear with our generation. I still send BD cards but gave over the Christmas cards years ago to Paul when my father died right before Thanksgiving and my heart wasn’t in it. Since then, 10 years ago, he’s taken care of them.

    I have the postcards that I wrote home when I was at GS camp at 8 or 9. They are pretty funny.

    I will try this with extra cards to my mother and Katie when she goes back to college.

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