Way back on August 1st, Cyranny posted a Kind Hearted Challenge about writing a letter to someone you hadn’t been in contact with for a while.
This was my response post and yesterday I made my Hello Cards.
I was an avid letter writer in my youth and well into adulthood.
I miss writing to my Mum, as I’d pen a novelette once or twice a week filling small pages in big writing about our day, the dog, the house, and whatever else was going on in our lives at the time. She would read and re-read them, each one as if it had just been received as dementia stole her current memory and she honestly couldn’t remember. I knew it was extremely unlikely she would reply (my last letter from her was around September 2014), but it was the only way I could be in contact with my Mum as she always associated me with letter writing. If I rang, most times she couldn’t put a face to the voice and would get agitated and distressed, though I did have a lovely conversation with her a couple of days before she died, when she knew who I was and told me she loved me. I told her I loved her too, as I did every time I saw her or spoke to her. I still find it hard to believe sometimes that she’s gone.
This afternoon I sat down to write my letter cards, and they are now in the post.
The recipients are friends we made when we were liveaboards, though only one still owns a boat, one couple sold theirs shortly before we took ours up for brokerage, one is the dear friend who took the three of us in as we house searched afterwards, and the other two elderly acquaintances we now consider friends we made whilst walking the dog round the Avenue.
It’s not years since we last corresponded though, more like a few months, but the principle is the same, a letter will arrive on the mat and hopefully raise a smile to brighten their day.
I keep in touch by email with several others, but these particular people are ‘old school’ and like the old fashioned ways of doing things. It was nice for me too, a trip down memory lane of holding a pen other than doing suduko puzzles or crosswords, and playing catch up with what’s been going on since I last wrote, which to be honest isn’t actually that much!