Posts Tagged ‘letter writing’
I wrote a post recently about Letter Writing and I have received my first pen pal letters. I signed up on several sites: Swap-Bot, Postcrossing, Sandbook, Lettersets, and Friendships By Mail. So far, I already have a handful of pen pals lined up and I’m happily letter-writing away. I have also registered my daughter for a pen pal. I can’t wait to get that started.
Yesterday, I received my first postal pen pals from Swap-Bot.
My daughter and I were very excited when we saw the envelopes in the mailbox.
We opened the big envelope first. This one was from my 20 Facts Swap on Swap-Bot.com. The writer is a newly married, young lady from Illinois. She sent two postcards from Chicago. It was a lot of fun reading about all the things she likes. My daughter was giddy over some of the things, like Hello Kitty and fingernail polish. It’s not a requirement for me to write her back, but I think I will. Sounds like she could be a great pen-pal.
Then we opened the second letter with the brightly decorated envelope. This letter was from a lady closer to my age living in Ohio. It was a well-written 5 page letter introducing herself, and I’m very pleased to say she is definitely someone that I think I can correspond with on a regular basis.
I have a valentine swap that I’m participating in. I have collected some valentiney things to create a card with. Now all I have to do is sit down and start creating the card. Right now, I have no ideas, but I’m sure something will come to me very soon.
I can’t wait to get more letters. This is going to be an exciting adventure.
[Mission accomplished: Started networking my Linky List Library Blog.]
Did you know it’s National Letter Writing Week? I don’t even know what search I was on to come across this one. But I did, and it got my curiosity going. I used to love to write letters. The most precious letter writing I ever did was to an American soldier in the Gulf War. We were dating and he eventually became my husband (sadly, now my ex-husband). I saved those letters for a very long time, but eventually I packed them away forever.
I don’t write letters any more. In fact, I didn’t even send out Christmas cards this past year. I just wasn’t in the holiday mood, I guess. I prefer typing in a blog and communicating that way. But I believe letter writing is a good way of recording history, of the present, and maybe of the future. Every person should take the time to write a letter, to a loved one, to your child, to a deceased family member, or a stranger, or a friend from long ago. It’s a good exercise to remember or to communicate things left unsaid.
I decided I wanted to find a little history of National Letter Writing Week and it took me forever to find anything. I was just curious to see how long it had been around. The following is the only reference I could find.
- 1982 – The US Postal Service and the Balloon Federal of American sponsored a kick for National Letter Writing Week and to commemorate the 199th anniversary of the first modern-hot air balloon flight in Paris in 1783, as reported in The Union Democrat on September 20, 1982. The balloons carried “spirit-lifting” letters written by those in the local area and placed in special blue envelopes. The letters were then delivered to the local post office for delivery. Local schools participated in the instruction of letter writing skills and attended an open house at the post office.
I am planning on handwriting a letter before the end of this week to send to a friend. One of my friends somewhere out there will be getting a “surprise” in their mailbox, haha. They will think I have gone mad. Well, some already know that I’m crazy anyway.
- Kids Colouring Book/Pen Swap
- 20 Facts Penpal Swap
- Very Visible Valentines
- Simple Valentine’s Day Swap
Why don’t you join me this week and write a letter to someone?
[Mission accomplished: Finished my daily post before midnight, lol.]