I enjoy writing cards and letters almost more than receiving cards in the mail. I think hand written letters and notes are powerful. You can use them as a bookmark, save them in a bin and re-read them over and over.
I recently saw on social media that one of my friends was going to be a foster mother to another baby and it reminded me of how much love she and her family have in their hearts. So I sent her a card telling her just that. It was short and sweet and hopefully better than an email or comment on Facebook.
When I was a freshman in college, I received a really special letter from my mom. I think the Relief Society President in my ward wrote to all our moms asking them to send us a letter as a surprise and they were handed to us in Relief Society the Sunday before we all went home for Christmas. I had received many letters from my mom (Nancy) — and I mean many – I come from a family of letter writers but this one was really special. It was very “Nan-esque” in her beautiful school teacher handwriting, and she told me I was loved and why I was missed while I was away at college. To this day it is one of my favorite letters I’ve ever received. I read it last year at my mom’s funeral because it’s so her.
I’m taking the bus to New York City today to attend the once-a-decade World Stamp Show. I’m not a stamp collector (though my brothers and I all had a big red notebook/stamp collection growing up) but I am a lover of stamps. I buy stamps by the hundreds and keep a log of who I write to.
If reading about receiving a letter here on the internet warms your heart, spread that warmth by paying it forward. Don’t wait to receive a letter before you decide to send one.
Write more letters. Send more postcards. Tell your family and friends how you feel and what’s going on in your life. There is power in mail.