Sunday, March 21, 2010

Letter Bonanza 2010

I just learned that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. That gave me an idea. I'm going to write and send a card or letter every day in April. Thirty days, thirty pieces of snail mail.

Wish me luck.

I'm not going to send any crap; each piece of mail has to be something that I would have enjoyed receiving, even if it's brief.

I am not going to impose any kind of checklist for who gets mail; I think it needs to be spontaneous so it does not become more of a burden than necessary. So if you don't get a letter, I still love you.

I'm not going to worry about who gets the first, second, etc. letter as I would if I were announcing an engagement or pregnancy. So if you get a letter at the end of the month, don't worry; you're still my favorite.

A person may receive more than one letter during the month, particularly if there is a back-and-forth thing going. I guess that's kind of how correspondence is supposed to go.
Two letters will go on Monday, because as they say, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, but don't even ask them to pick up your letter on a Sunday. Don't even.

I began preparing for this endeavor by ordering stamps. I usually buy the ugly liberty bell "Forever" stamps so I don't have to worry about cost increases, but this time, to make it more special, I ordered these:
We recently saw Julie and Julia, about a blogger who cooked all of Julia Child's recipes, over 500 of them, in one year, and blogged about it, and her life almost fell apart because of the pressure. So Stanley remarked that Letter Bonanza 2010 could turn out to be a source of stress rather than joy, and his point is well taken. The solution is simply that I will not do it if it's not fun. I want it to be not so much a challenge as an excuse to write a lot of letters. Also, I don't necessarily plan to report on how it's going, so that takes a lot of the pressure off.
Blueberry is doing great. She had her 2-month checkup on St. Paddie's Day. She's healthy. Weight, height, and head circumference all within normal range. Yay!! Also, she let one rip in church today.


Louise said...

I'm impressed with your letter challenge! I just recently managed to mail some thankyou cards that I wrote back in December, so that kind of mail commitment is amazing! Also, I think that visit with Adele must have given Blueberry some ideas... we don't call her "Queen of Toots" for nothing! :-D

Tanya Cothran said...

How fun! I love writing and getting letters in the mail. I went to the post office today and tried to get the artistic stamps but they were already sold out! I had to get the daffodil stamps instead and I'm biding time until I can get the cute dog and kitty stamps. :)