Soundtrack. . .
In times gone by, before email and instant messaging and Facebook and texts, I used to love writing letters. I always had a stock of cards and stationery and stamps at hand. I kept my address book up to date. I sent birthday cards and Valentines and long letters. I looked forward to the mail arriving every day.
When I was 12, my family moved across the country. I kept up a healthy letter-writing relationship with my cousins and Grandparents and childhood friends for years. When I went to summer camp, I wrote to my parents every day. When I went away to college, I sent letters and cards to my friends on other campuses and to my family back home.
Tom and I went to college in different states. We wrote to each other nearly every day! It's hard to imagine the lack of correspondence "options" back then! No cell phones. No computers. No Facebook. No texting. Just letters. (And the occasional, expensive Long Distance Phone Call!) So we wrote. I had boxes and boxes of his letters and cards, but eventually, I just pulled out The Very Best Ones to save. Here's a little sample.
(I have a couple stacks of his letters, still.) (And he has mine.)
But I rarely write letters any more.
So when I heard about the Month of Letters challenge, I signed up right away!
I'm really excited to return to a slower, handwritten style of correspondence. (At least, for a little while!)
I dug out my notecards, gathered some greeting cards, and bought new stamps (roses!). I updated my address book and located some festive return address labels (compliments of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, I believe). I used the Month of Letters calendar to plan (at least initially) my letter writing strategy.
And so it begins!
Oh, Mr. Postman. . . deliver the letter. . . the sooner the better!