In January, fellow VegBooks reviewer and all around awesome gal, Kristin Wald from her blog at mutterschwester.wordpress.com, wrote about the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen’s brilliant work) and opined about real letters, not just thank you notes and birthday cards, but a handwritten missive:
An actual “catching up” or “I have wanted to tell you” letter. And, if it’s your style, add something quirky or fun or surprising to the letter. Make it your very own craft project. Maybe you’ll even need to buy some crayons. Or cut up a magazine for color.
I loved the idea but I do tend to write letters in cards as well as in folded sheets (upon sheets). I wrote letters and notes and cards but nothing I had the presence of mind to share with Kristin as she asked in her post. Still, it is funny that her request that we write real letters to one another came in connection with a post about Pride and Prejudice because that (and Jane Austen’s Persuasion) contain my favorite letters in all literature.
Last year my friend Mindy moved very far away to the Dakotas and it reminded me of another author who lived in the Dakota territory, Laura Ingalls Wilder. I told my friend that I wanted to exchange handwritten letters after she moved. Yes, we both had email and our respective blogs to follow and comment on, but she was going to live a pioneer life so letters were a must. When I get her letters, I will sometimes wait a few hours before I open them so I can savor them. There’s just something special about that.
Fast forward to recently, I received some wonderful letters and cards in the mail, including from my friend Annelies Zijderveld(her blog is The Food Poet and she has a cookbook coming out in April 2015!) – who unsuspectingly asked for my address and sent a cheery orange card my way. I responded in kind with a handwritten card. Annelies then suggested on Facebook that instead of “NaNoWriMo” (National Novel Writing Month or National November Writing Month, not sure which is the accepted version) we should do “NaNoCaMo” (National November Card Month) and “send a card everyday in November to someone in your Facebook friends list[…].”
I’ve sent four cards so far and will be aiming for 30 total. For about the cost of a stamp you can make someone smile, so why not? You could write a note of thanks, a birthday card, a letter, encouragement, you name it. Here are my first four – I love doing matching envelope doodles so I included those as well. As it is still early November, there’s still time to message your friends and find out their addresses. Considering there’s no mail on some days, you won’t be sending a card every day, but it is more fun to space them out through the month, even if you’re not following a rigid schedule.
Thank you, Annelies, for the idea! Anyone else joining in?
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