If you’re like me—a devotee to snail mail, inveterate postcard sender, collector of stationery, thank you and condolence note writer, and even closet Evite scoffer—or even if you’re not, you may well relate to the thrill of receiving an actual piece of physical mail addressed—not by machine—to you.
If you’re like me—a great fan of children’s literature—then you might find this project the Rumpus has embarked upon swoon-worthy. It’s called Letters for Kids.
Here’s a wee explanation of how the thing works (from the Rumpus):
“You’ll get two letters a month written by middle-grade authors like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, Adam Rex, Kerry Madden, Natalie Standiford, Susan Patron, Rebecca Stead, Cecil Castellucci, and more. Some of the letters will be illustrated. Some will be written by hand. It’s hard to say! We’ll copy the letters, fold them, put them in an envelope, put a first class stamp on the envelope, and send the letters to you (or your child). Many of the authors will include a mailing address on their letter so you can write back. But we can’t guarantee it. We can’t control these people. Some of them live in the woods.”
I have memories of writing to people I admired as a kid—and hearing back. It’s an impulse—to reach out—in me I still like, even if these days it’s more likely the electronic equivalent of fan mail; I read something I admire and I write to the author. But still! I’d love my kids to know the fun of real mail. It’d be in their best interests. There’s a pretty impressive amount of stationery and a big box of postcards around here I would most certainly be willing to share.
And when we travel, not only do I send postcards I encourage my kids to get some—and maybe write a friend or grandparent. Sometimes, they even do.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer, whose work appears in the ebook anthology Welcome to My World, Brain Child Magazine & the Huffington Post, Babble & Bamboo Magazine amongst others. She does some blogging for Teen Life and keeps her own blog—Standing in the Shadows—at the Valley Advocate. She and her dear husband are raising four children and enduring a great deal of chaos in the relatively sleepless process.