Time To Write Some Letters

The USPS is likely to collapse unless the feds agree to bail them out in the next few months. This is not a good thing.

The USPS is an American institution that we have relied on all of our lives. Plus I have a very close friend who is a “lifer” at a post office in Wisconsin. He and hundreds of thousands of other postal workers would lose their jobs, and their health insurance. During a pandemic.

Doesn’t seem right to me.

So I was thinking, what can I do to help? What can others do to help? To try to prevent this from happening? To me, it’s a no-brainer.

Let’s all pledge to start writing letters.

I know, I know, it seems like such a small and possibly futile thing to do. But for those of us who consider themselves to be writers, it should feel natural. Enjoyable. Cathartic, even.

I remember being in high school and getting the name and address of another girl in one of those teeny bopper magazines I consumed on the regular. Her name was Liz and she lived in Pennsylvania. We became pen pals. We wrote each other back and forth every couple of weeks for I believe about 2 years. It was fun. I would send her pictures of me and my friends and she would do the same. It was exciting to get her letters in the mail.

Wouldn’t it be fun to try that again, as adults?

Now I’ve got this sorta weird compulsion to purchase greeting cards. Especially if I’m in some kind of cute little gift shop while traveling. Or when I go to Trader Joe’s (did you know they sell fabulous greeting cards for just $1 a pop?).

Sometimes I pick one because of the art. Sometimes it’s the message. Once in a while, it’s both and I have conjured up the image of it’s recipient on the spot. Now that’s a happy moment for me.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve currently got on hand.

You do you, but what I plan on doing this week is picking one of these cards and writing a few lines to someone I care about. Let them know I’m thinking of them and hoping all is well in their corner of the world. And help out the USPS in the process.

Then, the next week, I’ll choose another card and a different person to send it to. Or maybe I will use the pretty stationary I know I have around here somewhere and get out one of my colored pens and have a go at it. Good thing Hubs purchased approximately 2 years of postage stamps on line the other day.

Seems like a worthy pursuit to me. Who’s with me?

6 thoughts on “Time To Write Some Letters”

  1. I printed out some “stationery” for my daughter to write letters on — her handwriting is atrocious (she comes by it honestly), and I’m trying to find fun ways for her to practice writing. My son, who is 5 and does not know how to write, also enjoys writing and receiving mail. Between the two of them, we send out at least a letter a week.

    As for me, I haven’t really had a regular pen pal in years; my last one was my grandmother, who took advantage of the time delay to really lay into me about every aspect of my life and my person she considered a failure, so that kind of left a bad taste in my mouth about personal mail. :/ She’s dead now, so I don’t even have nasty personal letters in my inbox anymore. But I recall a time when I would dash out to the mailbox in excitement, hoping for a letter from a friend. I miss that.

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  2. We’re with you! One of my most treasured gifts I received for my wedding was from my mom–a set of monogrammed, embossed stationery. I’ve used it all up (it has been 16 years!) and will ask for more for my birthday coming up. I’m also trying to get my boys into writing letters–even more fun to receive. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. What a great idea!
    We just got a card from my husband’s sister that has wildflower seeds embedded in the card — the instructions say you can plant it. I don’t know who came up with that, but I think it’s brilliant!

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