When I was a little girl, I loved getting mail. A letter addressed to only me!! I had a few pen pals and got letters from my cousins now and then and every time those letters arrived in the mailbox, I treasured them. I am sure if I looked hard enough, I could find some of them still scattered around my old bedroom of my dad’s house! My brothers, sister and I would pick up the mail everyday always hoping to find something in the pile for us. Unless it was near our birthday, it was usually just a pile of bills and junk mail for my parents.
In college, (long before email or cell phones,) Dave and I wrote to each other all of the time. I have those letters saved somewhere too. I should dig them up. I am sure there would be some great memories there!!!
These days, letters come even more infrequently. With the ease of email, texts and the internet, it seems that a handwritten letter is a thing of the past. About two weeks ago, I got a “real letter” in the mail from one of my students. It was such a treat to find when I looked through the stack of bills and flyers that arrived in the mail slot that day. It brought back so many memories of getting mail as a child. I decided that I was going to hand-write and mail a letter to each of the students in my class. I didn’t want them all to be the same so it took me a few days to write all 23 of them. They were just a small note written on a small note card asking about their summer and telling them a little bit about mine.
I mailed them over the weekend and I know that a bunch have already been received because I have seen some of the children and they have told me that they got them and a few parents emailed me to tell me how excited their child was to get that note in the mail. I even got a letter mailed back to me in response to one of them already. It is great reading practice for them and if they decide to write back, then a great writing activity as well.
This was so easy for me to do. I don’t know why I never thought of doing it before. I have a feeling it will become something I do every summer from now on!