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In this day and age, the mail in the average mailbox generally consists of bills, junk mail, catalogs and fliers. Occasionally a magazine or a package of things ordered online. But an old-fashioned letter? Those are generally things of the past and a true rarity in the age of texting and blogging. Even thank-you notes are beginning to fizzle out, replaced by thanks dashed off in an email or forgotten altogether. We’re too busy for letters, they aren’t worth the bother, especially when you can have instant gratification of a Facebook message or text.

But perhaps this is why sending and receiving snail mail can be such a treat. A hand-written letter is a rarity that harkens back fond memories and romance of ages past. Somehow, a hand-written love note is so much more romantic, memorable than a dashed off text. Texts and emails are deleted. But letters? They’re stashed away in a drawer, waiting to be rediscovered and remembered. A piece and parcel of history.

And besides – what is more cheery than discovering a hand-addressed envelope holding a cheery, newsy epistle tucked in a pile of boring bills and junk flyers? You just might make someone’s day with a letter in the mail!

So – write a letter today!

To whom can you write a letter?

  • Pen a love note to your significant other, even if it’s just a short, but sweet thought. Send it to him or her at work or at home; or tuck it in their lunch bag, brief case or in their sock drawer, waiting as a surprise.
  • Write a thank-you note. Express your gratitude to a veteran or a soldier stationed overseas in a letter. Write to a parent, grandparent or mentor, thanking them for the impact they’ve made on your life. Even write a short note to someone who made positive impression on you: a clerk at the store, a teller at the bank, the postal worker – the possibilities are endless!
  • Write a newsy letter to a friend or family member who lives far away. Include a snapshot of a recent event. End with a cheery invitation to return the favor: “We’d love to hear from you!” or “Write back soon!”
  • Write a series of letters to a child in your life. A son or daughter, a niece or nephew. Even if they’re too young to appreciate a letter, write anyway. Write letters of advice, wisdom and memories of them at a young age. Include all the letters in a birthday box and save them for a keepsake for a milestone birthday, like sixteen or eighteen.
  • Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Make your voice heard! Let them know what you think about current events in your community.
  • Find a new pen-pal and begin a regular correspondence with a new friend. Suggested places to find someone to write to…
    – Soldiers’ Angels. If you join, you will be given the name and address of a soldier serving overseas who wishes to receive letters and packages. You won’t necessarily receive a response back from your soldier, but it’s well-worth the effort to support our troops!
    Letter Writers Alliance. To quote their site: In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item. The Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving this art form. Prepare your pen and paper, moisten your tongue, and get ready to write more letters!