I have always loved writing letters. There is something enchanting about the journey of posted mail. It leaves my mailbox, travels miles and miles and (hopefully) brings a smile to the recipient. Who doesn’t enjoy opening the mailbox and finding something other than bills and flyers?
I started dropping mail into the box at a very young age. I was seven when Alaska became a state. I figured the government might have trouble fitting another star onto the flag, so using red and blue crayons I designed a new forty-nine star flag. I was rewarded for my efforts when Delaware Congressman Harry Haskell sent me a letter thanking me, along with a forty-eight star flag that had flown over the Capital of the United States. I still have both the flag and the letter. In college I planned to cut the flag up for an art project. Fortunately my mother freaked out and wouldn’t allow it.
For a while I had a Japanese pen-pal named Eri Yamamoto. We corresponded on onion skin thin blue airmail paper.
When the Kennedy’s moved into the White House, I designed dresses for Caroline. I was nine years old and certain Jackie would have those designs sewn up whereupon I’d see Caroline on T.V wearing my frocks. In return I got a very nice thank you from Jacqueline Kennedy. I imagine it was written by a secretary, but I treasured that letter. Somewhere along the way it got lost.
In Junior High School Ruthie and I took to writing letters to food companies. We got samples back in the mail. I clearly remember a box from Hershey Candy company. There was, among other things, a small can of Hershey’s syrup.
Now I regularly pen small notes and postcards to family and friends. Every once and again I even get mail back! Which makes me so happy. I work hard on visualizing getting “real” mail. The other day I manifested both a letter AND a postcard!
If you want real mail, drop me your address and I’ll put you on my mailing list. Perhaps together we’ll manifest some actual letters in YOUR mailbox! Whooo Hoooo!
An Update–/Ruthie from Junior High read this post, sent me her address. I wrote to her and she mailed a nice two page letter back, filled with fun memories. LMK if you want a letter too!