When was the last time that you took the time to write a letter to someone special? Today we usually text or email someone or we use a social media platform to send a message to a larger group of people. That’s great for something needing a quick answer, or sending a one-off thought, but if you really want to make someone’s day, sending a letter through the mail will make a lasting impression.
Can you remember how you felt when you received a letter, addressed just to you. My love of mail started when I was young and my grandmother would send letters to me. They were handwritten even though she had arthritis and it hurt her to use her hands. The letter would go on for pages, and she would let me know in the letter when she was taking a break, and when she was starting up again. It was great, it was like reading a journal that went on for a couple of days, and each time she picked up the letter a new thought or new event was happening. The letters would contain anything from what she saw outside her living room window, to something she spotted on a walk through the woods. I would read those letters over again and again, and my brain would start making a list of what I wanted to include in my next letter to her!
“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead” -Mark Twain “
Think about what you get in your mail each day….bill, bill, junk mail, catalog, junk mail, bill… Wouldn’t it be great to get a totally unexpected surprise of a letter sent from a friend or loved one? Today you can make something special by writing a letter and I promise you, you will hear back from that person. It may not be a letter at first, maybe they will call you to thank you for making their day, but keep trying and you may receive your own keepsake letter in return.
So what if you are too scared to try to write a letter? What will you write about? Do I have to write it by hand? The great thing is, there is no right or wrong way to write a letter. Do what feels comfortable to you. Give yourself some room to grow back into the craft of letter writing. Just take the first step now and see where it leads you. Here are some ideas of things that you can try to get started:
How to write a letter
- Who will you write to – deciding who you are writing to will help you to come up with ideas for the letter? Am I writing to a child, or an adult?
- What subjects do I want to write about – if I’m going to write a letter to a niece or nephew I will have different subjects then when I’m writing to a friend that I met in high school
- How long has it been since you have talked – if it’s been a long time since you’ve stayed in touch, that would be a great way to start a letter. “I was thinking about you today, and I couldn’t even remember when the last time was that we spoke, so I wanted to send you a surprise letter!”
- A special memory you share – another great way to start a letter is to share a memory that made you think of that person today
- Local news – If writing from scratch is too intimidating, start with a news clipping from your local paper and jot a note about how that made you think about them
Making your letter special
- Envelope – the first part of your surprise will be the envelope it arrives in. How will you write out your return address – include name and address so they know right away who it is coming from, or will you add some mystery into this surprise in the mail. Even the stamp you use can add a bit of flair to your envelope
- Pens – there are many color options with pens now, you can decide if you want to go with the traditional blue or black ink, or make it colorful with special pens
- Paper – are you going to hand write your letter – what kind of stationary do you want to use? Are you using a computer to make a letter – what paper would you use with your printer?
I hope you are excited about choosing who will receive their first letter from you. Please feel free to leave a comment below to share your inspiration and work on that this weekend.
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