I did something interesting this weekend. I wrote three real letters to real people, put stamps on them and put them in the mail. I wrote to my pen pal in Wales, my son’s best friend at boot camp and my cousin. My cousin had texted me a few times while I was at work and I could not get back to her in a timely manner. So I figured a real letter was way better than a text anyway.
Getting a letter in the mail is so much better then getting a bill or a sale flyer. When I get home from work and see that a real person that I know, has sent me a letter can boost my mood and honestly, sometimes the entire family’s mood. Since I have gotten my pen pal in Wales, her letters have become an event for everyone. The family waits for me to read her note and then I give them the highlights. My pen pal is also the best because she also sends me local candies. I have sent her Girl Scout Cookies so far in return. The salt water taffies and Tastykakes will come later but I is a simple but such satifying thing to share these things with someone from another area.
I love writing letters. I can remember writing to my cousins that lived in other states in addition to friends that had moved away. This is something that we have all gotten away from with the discovery of emails and Facebook and text messages. In business, they say the way to write an email, is to keep it short (a few sentinces – no more than a paragraph) and keep it to one topic. That sounds like lots of emails that turn into to do list items if you ask me. There is nothing better getting a letter from a friend. In that letter, they tell you a short story. It’s a story about thier lives at that moment, a snapshop of their lives. It doesn’t have to be a long letter but just reading thier hand written words makes me feel closer to the author. I have never Facebook-ed with my pen pal and have only exchanged a few email and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Someday, I would love to meet her but for right now I am loving the letters that we have been exchanging.
As for my son’s best friend, he has enlisted in the National Guard and is away at boot camp. This is a kid that spends almost as much time at our house as he does his own. Having him gone for the summer has left the house a bit empty and I can’t wait for him to get home to use. It was so exciting when Dom’s first letter arrived. It was addressed to our son, but that didn’t stop us all from reading it. I have written to him twice so far and he says that getting mail is like Christmas to him. (They have their cell phones taken away for all but about 30 minutest a week.) I really hope that the letters that we send him give him a taste of home and we really love getting his letters, giving us a taste of boot camp while keeping him in touch to the live that is still going on at home.
So, in the intrest of writing letters, not note cards or post cards, I am willing to write real letters to the first five people, world wide, who send my their email addresses so that we can exchange addresses. Who’s game to get more in your post box than just bills?