A Did you know April is the best month of the year? Why? The promise of spring, my birthday (oh yay!), and National Letter Writing Month!
You may be thinking, “Hey, didn’t we just do this in February?” Well, yes, but April is the real McCoy. In 2001, the USPS declared April National Card and Letter Writing Month in an effort to bring awareness to the value and historical significance of card- and letter-writing.
I love this story about the Goucher College Class of 1903 and the women who initiated the Round Robin. These women wanted to keep in touch with each other after they had graduated, so they began by having one person write a letter to the whole group. That letter would be sent to another group member, who would then write her own letter to the group and put in in with the other letter, sending it off to the next member. This let each member read the news of others and add her news to the chain. Sometimes it took more than a year for the letters to circulate through the entire group! The Round Robin project lasted over 50 years. A Round Robin would be a fun experiment to try anytime, but especially during April to celebrate National Letter Writing Month!
Not sure about a Round Robin? Don’t worry, there are so many other ways to share the joy of sending and receiving letters. I have put together 30 ideas, in no particular order, and I am sure you all have many more to share. I’d love to hear them!
- Skip the FB Happy Birthday messages and send real cards!
- Write a postcard instead of a text.
- Send your favorite recipe to a fellow cook.
- Decorate an envelope.
- Share a book recommendation.
- Host a letter-writing social at a local coffee shop, bookstore, or (better yet) a bar!
- Send a letter to your sibling on National Sibling Day (4/10).
- Thank someone in the military for their service.
- Share the best movie you’ve seen all year.
- Encourage a friend who’s having a tough time.
- Have your pet send a note to their best pet friend.
- Try a game—with a friend! You start and wait for the next move to be sent back.
- Congratulate someone on an achievement, big or small.
- Send an old photo and reminisce about the time, place, or funny fashion.
- Write a letter to yourself!
- Send a belated thank-you note. It’s never too late.
- Kids love mail.
- Celebrate an obscure holiday like National Grilled Cheese Day on 4/12!
- Invite a friend to join you for coffee.
- Write a neighbor to let them know how much you enjoy their garden, tree, or them!
- Connect with someone who is not on Facebook.
- Try an experiment. See what the USPS will let you send. A frisbee? Beach ball? Message in a bottle?
- Write your representative in the Senate or Congress.
- Share your card stash.
- Give your mail carrier a card.
- Thank a mentor, teacher, coach, or old boss who taught you something special.
- Send a fan letter. It doesn’t have to be someone famous!
- Share a moment with someone you can’t visit in person.
- Write to an elderly person, related or not!
- Join the Write_On challenge and send 30 letters in 30 days.
Seize the month! Gather your paper goodies; organize your pen cup; and pull together your stamps, washi tape, and stickers and start sending—because nothing cultivates a romance, nurtures a friendship, or helps us stay connected like a handwritten card or letter!
Let’s get ready to write!
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