snail mail, happy mail, so glad it’s not junk mail…
I had a box filled with old letters and cards I came across when we got to North Carolina. These cards, along with picture albums and ziplock bags filled with photos, sat in that box over many moves and many years. So, I made it a mission to leave no box behind this time. I wanted to find a proper place for everything in this new home.
Unpacking and organizing such things, however, took great restraint and will power. Do not linger too long… Keep it moving… But each envelope and photograph was a tiny movie in my head, replaying moments in some far away time and place…
Many of the letters I found were from my older sister, Helena. They were from her traveling days, when we were both in college. Some of those letters made me laugh and others surprised me with moments I had forgotten. Those letters (from before email, facebook, and instagram made knowing everything about everybody instantaneous) reminded me of the beauty of simple things and slowing down.
Uncovering those letters from almost 20 years ago prompted me to share the joy of receiving happy mail with my nieces and nephew last summer. Had they ever written letters before? I didn’t know. Would they write me back? I was going to make it as easy as possible to do so.
Each one got there own letter. Each envelope included my letter to them, a letter writing template, letter writing prompts in case they had no clue what to write me, and a self addressed/stamped envelope. Really, there was no excuse as to why they could not write back.
Aaaaand, it worked! A few weeks later I started receiving letters from Zen, Luna and Sui. What joy to see each of their little personalities in handwriting, and in words addressed to me.
These are the prompts and template I sent to Luna, Zen, and Sui.
I haven’t sent out letters this summer, but am hoping to get back to it soon. I leave you with some letter writing inspiration:
Did you know that the U.S. Postal Service officially designated April National Card and Letter Writing Month in 2001?
I had no idea there was a national postal museum or that they have a blog .
Here is a great article on the significance of letter writing.
And some classroom resources and curriculum ideas for my teacher friends from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Find out about their current exhibition here
P.S. Do you remember having pen pals? Did you know there are loads of ig feeds and blogs dedicated to this? Here are just a few lostartrevived.blogspot.com, @globalpenpal, @pia_papier …