Writing Letters

Being a writer, it would seem that writing letters to people would come naturally.  The urge to put physical pen to paper would be a motivator to write a letter or note to someone special.  I’m sure for many of you, this is the case…but for me, well, I am terrible at writing letters or sending cards to people.

When I signed up to be a sponsor to a little girl in Bolivia, I thought it would be easy to stay in touch with her. I thought I would be good at writing her letters and sending her notes/cards.  I was SO wrong!

Actually, the first year I did well.  The second year my correspondence was okay, but not as frequent as I would have liked.  Third year was non existent. Yes, it was my engagement year and a lot of things suffered (my personal and this writing blog to name a few); however, writing Elena shouldn’t have been one of the casualties of planning a wedding.  I felt bad that I wasn’t making an effort to stay in touch with her or letting her know how much I looked forward to hearing from her.

“Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.”

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

So this year I made it a high priority to write Elena at least once a month.  I’m happy to report that I have kept up with writing letters, cards, and the occasional email  – although I really prefer to mail a letter than to cyber send one.

And the rewards? I get letters and pictures back!  It’s fun to see Elena growing and sharing about her life and family.  I look forward to receiving them which makes me realize, she probably gets just as excited to receive letters and photos from me (I’m hoping anyway)!

How about you?  Being a writer, do you enjoy writing letters?

It always brings a smile to my face when I see a bright orange envelope in the mailbox.

It always brings a smile to my face when I see a bright orange envelope in the mailbox.

I like how World Vision includes a picture showing your sponsored child with the letter you wrote.

I like how World Vision includes a picture showing your sponsored child with the letter you wrote.

3 responses to “Writing Letters

  1. This is so cool. I had plans to write to my sponsor child all the time, but now I only send the birthday and Christmas cards.
    I was wondering if I could include some of this post (without the name references or photo) in a book I’ve put together called Fall in Love with Writing. It combines the words of over 170 people from around the world as they talk about writing. It’s to inspire people to write, and I’d love to include this in the letter writing section. Your name, age, and country can be included or you can be anonymous. All good if you’re not interested, but just thought I’d check.
    You can also check out this post for more info about the book: http://junidesiree.com/2015/08/26/the-journey-so-far-to-publish-fall-in-love-with-writing/

    • Hello Juni, so glad you found my blog and enjoyed my post about writing letters. If you felt my words were inspiring to you, I would be happy to let you add some of it to your book. If you need anything from me, please email me at portraitsofme@gmx.com. I hope your book project is a success! I’m sure it’s a very exciting experience. Best of luck to you.

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