When I first moved to the US in the mid 90’s writing letters to my friends in Eastern Europe was the thing to do. The internet was fairly new. I had not heard of such thing until I came here, so it was hard to describe it to my family and friends back home. And even if I could they still didn’t have it widespread there. The way I kept in touch was letters, and occasional very expensive phone call from my parents. I still have a shoe box of letters, though that’s only a fraction of all the mail I received during that time. I think I mostly have lost and misplaced the cherished mail I received.
Writing and receiving letters has been one of my favorite things. It’s like a small gift in the mail. Always a bright spot when it comes with a stack of bills. So when I recently saw that a local group called Creative Catalysts was looking for both letter writers and letter receivers I decided to join. This was to connect and relieve some of the loneliness and stress of the Covid-19 that has now been going for several months. I was a letter writer, except I really didn’t write letters, I made little art cards and send them to strangers that were assigned to me. It was a lot of fun creating these little pieces of art and sending them on their journey.
Here is a peak.
I still have a couple of pen pals that I send and get letters from, but I realize writing letters is one of those things that people don’t have time for. Why write a letter when you can update your friends via any social media outlets, or this blog. Still….the joy of finding a handwritten note in your mail cannot be replaced. If you are looking for a pen pal Postcrossing is a site that matches people who still enjoy this old fashion way of communication