This year is zooming along, somehow already March, but more importantly, it’s now the 9th week of the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Project. Which means that I have now written and mailed nine actual letters to friends and loved ones far and wide.
Last week I mailed a letter to Joanna, my favorite reference librarian at the Belmont Branch Library. Not only do she and I share a love of books and movies, but we’re also both Jewish daughters of Professors. So really, how could we not have bonded? (She’s actually the originator of the letter writing project, which she called “Going Postal.”) I actually mailed the letter while walking to the library, realizing that I could have saved myself 44¢ by handing it directly over. But really, half the fun of this project is knowing that it is so much more exciting it is to receive an actual letter from the actual mail carrier. I no longer have any memory of what I wrote about, but that’s okay.
Letters don’t have to be earth shatteringly profound to be worth the effort.
This week’s letter went to my aunt Anne who lives in Florida. She’s the youngest sister from my mother’s family of seven kids, and is one of a kind. Anne lived in Portland for most of her adult life, so we know each other well, and I miss having her around. She’s a thrift store queen, smart as a whip and funnier than Russell Brand on a bender.
I know she’ll appreciate being on the receiving end of this project, and is likely to actually write back.
It’s interesting how the ripple effects of my letters are starting to come back to me. My friend Jennifer called me up this weekend and we had a wonderfully lengthy chat about everything under the sun, and my cousin Lynn wrote on my Facebook wall. Neither of which would have happened if I had not mailed them a letter. I am not a tit-for-tat kind of person, and do not expect to receive many return letters. Which bothers me not one whit.
Have you been sending or receiving letters as part of the 52 Weeks 52 Letters Project? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”