Reconnecting with friends old school style

Feb 04, 2013
When was the last time you mailed a letter? Sure, I’ve sent birthday cards and graduation cards. But a real letter? Growing up, I loved having pen pals – I think I had 4 at one point! I would write letters on Lisa Frank stationary to my cousins, friends I met at sleep-away camp, even friends who lived in my neighborhood and went to my elementary school. Sure, I could call or (in some cases) see these people any time. But there is something special about sending a letter to a friend and waiting for a response. Many characters in our favorite books communicate by letters. Harry uses owl post to talk to his friends over the summer. In Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw, Leigh Botts writes letters to his favorite author and learns to cope with the problems in his life, such as his parents’ divorce. The members of the Baby-Sitters Club would write letters to each other when they were in different places. And Jane Austen’s books are full of letters – who can forget the epic letter Mr. Darcy gives Elizabeth? This month I’m joining the Month of Letters Challenge. The challenge: “In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.” I know it’s not the timeliest way to talk to people – I’ll probably see, email, talk to, or text people before they receive my letter. Upcoming events I write about might have already happened by the time the letter arrives. But I’m excited – I’ve already sent 2 and I’ll send a new one out today. I just hope someone will write me back! Will you join the Month of Letters Challenge?