Jenna is always asking if there is any mail for her. I suppose most children go through the stage of wanting to receive a card or letter that has been sent especially to them. It doesn’t happen too often. And the disappointments seem to weigh in even more.
Recently we were at a pool party hosted by my cousin. Her daughter, Melody and Jenna are five months apart. We had arrived at the party late and both Jenna and Melody were going through withdrawal for each other’s company. Before we pulled Jenna away so that we could return to our house, Jenna and Melody promised that they would write to one another – though we only live about 20 minutes away from one another. Postage is definitely less than the cost of gas. Not to mention the commute itself (construction and heat account for far more than 20 minutes) and our current car situation.
Jenna’s has written three letters thus far (one for each day since the party) and I have mailed two of them. She has been disappointed that she has not received anything yet. I tried to explain that even if Melody had written that very night and her mom actually mailed it (which actually is quite doubtful) that it still wasn’t enough time to deliver a letter – unless she should get one today. I’ll make sure she gets one – though it won’t be from Melody.
I actually put a letter out in the mailbox last night – figuring Jenna would find it this morning when she took Melody’s letter out. I did not sign Melody’s name however. I signed it “from your secret friend”. Jenna is certain that it came from Melody. The letter she wrote out this morning was addressed to “?”. It is currently in a drawer ready to be mailed tomorrow. Well, partially ready anyway. I haven’t put it in an envelope. I told Jenna to look for some postcards that she has. I have postcard stamps. I ran out of the other.
She decided that she would send letters to another friend who lives in the neighborhood. She has decided to sign her letters “your secret friend”. Who knows, maybe we will get a chain reaction from this letter thing. It does feel good to have her so excited about the “secret” correspondence.
When I was younger I sent letters to other countries. I wrote to a girl in Guyana and to one in Germany. Perhaps I ought to find her a pen pal that will assist in helping her to learn Spanish – or having a desire to further her Spanish fluency. I will have to find some addresses – I’d prefer keeping her in the country though as postage outside of US is close to or over a dollar. Maybe if we send enough out, we’ll find someone who is just as excited to do it as Jenna.