Almost two years ago Gemma and I decided to send each other a card, and from that moment on my love for letter writing began.
65 letters, 47 cards and 19 post cards later...
This has become one of my very favourite past times and hobbies.
I am lucky to have found so many lovely pen pals along the way. I feel sad that it took me all this time to realise, but I know that however far technology takes us into the future, letter writing will always be significant and serve a purpose in my life.
The beauty of letter writing is that, however deep or dark your thoughts, or equally bright and cheery, there is always someone to listen to what you have to say. Words can’t heal us, or stop our minds worrying, but they can soothe and uplift us on the darkest of days. A problem shared is a problem halved, and sometimes just sealing that envelope and popping it through the post box lets free all those racing emotions.
In letter writing consistency is not dates or deadlines, the real advantage is that there is no set structure. You can always pick up exactly where you left off, if life gets busy its okay to take a break.
Of course there’s the fun part too, sending or receiving a birthday card from your pen pal is always that litte bit special, as it only comes around once a year. A postcard from a holiday or another country is always exciting. I made it my mission to send as many postcards as possible from my trip to Paris in March.
I knew right from the off I wanted to make it special because this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would have loved receiving a token of french nostalgia. I posted the cards moments after I had got engaged, right from the bottom of the Eiffel tower, which marks a very special moment in my life.
Stamps have a nostalgic nature to them, postmarks and dates serve as a great reminder of times, seasons and years.
Penpalling is not going to set you back a lot of money, of course to begin letter writing you need the essential kit: a pen, paper and envelopes but it’s pretty much free reign from there on. I’ve received a whole host of amazing papers and envelopes, although it’s truly the words that count, a nicely presented letter is always a bonus. Be as imaginative as you like, sometimes the smallest of details are the most sincere.
Postage can be first or second class, sometimes the mystery of when your letter will arrive adds to the thrill. I always buy my stamps in books of 6 or 12, so it doesn’t mean queuing at the post office for just one stamp. Buying in bulk can often mean you have some set aside for a rainy day too.
Stamps make great presents too, my Mr once bought me a
Smilers stamp sheet customised with 20 first class stamps and a photograph of Jasper as a birthday gift. This was one of the most thoughtful and useful gifts I’ve ever received.
Maybe one day I’ll look back on this time in my life, and relish the fact I made some truly amazing pals, and hopefully still be in touch with.