Growing up I lived in on the outskirts of a small town, and my mom didn't have Internet or Satellite TV. My primary source of entertainment was riding horses and books. My mom would write letters to her best friend every week in Ohio. I used to get so excited when the mail came in hopes of getting something myself. My mom would tell me that to receive mail I had to send off mail to others. As a child, I never did get to pursue that desire to write letters and send them except to my ex-step-father in Ohio. He does a remarkable job of writing back to me.
Now that I'm older, I'm able to send off letters on a weekly basis to friends and family. One of the main reasons I love writing letters each week is because it makes me feel like I'm able to slow down and have coffee with those I care about. Through the years, I have looked for pen pals, and have been richly blessed to have made some wonderful pen pal friendships that I may never get to meet in person.
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It feels like in our instant society many of us have lost so many bits of little magic in our lives. I want to encourage you to take the time to handwrite a letter to someone special in your life physically. I know for a fact that the older generations fully appreciate getting handwritten letters. It very well may be the gift they've been wanting.
After all, a handwritten letter indicates that you're taking time out of your busy lifestyle to spend time communicating with ONLY them. To this day, I have never been able to talk or do anything else while I'm physically writing a letter to someone. It has become a part of my Mom Time because it's quite relaxing and good for the soul.
You can find a pen pal by using Global Penfriends for FREE. You can also use the hashtag #penpalswanted on many of the social media channels and find someone looking there. However, I have concluded that I trust Global Penfriends more because I can see someone's profile and correspond a bit with them online before we send letters to each other. Parents, you can also use this site to find PenPals for your kids too.
If you need some inspiration to get started, you can join the 52 Letters in a Year Challenge. You can write to Michelle for one letter. Then you can write to me the second week.
1969 Till Road,
Orangeburg, SC 29115
I would recommend sending your grandparents, aunts, and other friends in other states. They are all sure to appreciate your letters.
Other Ways To Connect Through Snail Mail
If you're not into writing letters, maybe you are interested in sending postcards or something else to someone. You can join in on some Swap-bot swaps. I do the ones for monthly book exchanges. Swap-bot has so many different exchanges it can become rather addictive.
I hope this has given you something to consider doing during your Mom Time. Now's the perfect time to start this tradition because you can build lasting friendships and get to know someone even more.
Talk to me in the comments please:
Do you have a pen pal? If not now, did you have one when you were growing up?
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