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Cards and Letters Roll #InCoWriMo

February 1, 2017 , , , , ,

On my first day of International Correspondence Writing Month I was completely surprised by my friend in New Jersey. He started early and mailed a letter to me so that it arrived on the very first day—way to go, Marc. You completely shocked me.  I started to unpack my desk drawer full of cards, writing paper, and postcards and found that the situation is much more serious that I thought it was.  I knew I had hoarded some paper goods, but I drastically underestimated the volume of my stash.  I have removed less than half of the contents of the drawer and have a selection on the table of at least 200 different ways to send mail in February.  I found 7 plain vintage postcards of unknown age, that my mom left me with 2 cents postage printed on the front.  I am going to send one of those to the Postmaster General in case it has some value.

I have cards from all over the world, and I still think they are as artful as the day I bought them.  I found 2 copies of my high school graduation invitation, so for the first day I gave my neighbor an invitation to my graduation.  We joke about having too much stuff stored in our houses all the time, so she was the perfect recipient of this 49 year old card for which nobody has any earthly use.  I found another copy and wish I could find somebody who went to that high school to be the surprise recipient of the other.  I might work on that because it would be funny.

Maybe I will just get into mailing things and keep sending them until they are all gone, but that would take years of daily diligence.  This is a crossroads, for sure.  I need to use these paper goods or release them to another more loving home where they will be used and appreciated.  I am now even more pleased to have decided to join the correspondence challenge in February now that i review my vast collection.  I realize the people to whom I mail these cards will get a charge out of them, and I have the possibility of freeing up a large drawer in my desk to use for other purposes.  Win/win.  If you want to help me win the battle of the paper drawer send me your mailing address, gentle reader.  Thanks.

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I love that you began the day on the receiving end of InCoWriMo. 🙂 I just discovered the challenge this year. Sending a high school graduation announcement to your neighbor is fantastic! (I’m still grinning.) I do hope you find a classmate to send it to. It would be hilarious.

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Renee

February 2, 2017

I love this idea. I, too, have a lot of paper products (cards, postcards, etc.) that could use a new home.

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Robin

February 2, 2017

It is a blast…I will probably mail twice as many as the 28 required…must purge the paper stash

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Pamela Morse

February 2, 2017

I love your commitment to this project. Do you get concerned about a letter if the penmanship isn’t perfect? Do you just cross out the word and move on OR would you redo the entire letter?
Curious!!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

February 5, 2017

I might make it into a picture…not sure yet..penmanship is not the point, or I couldn’t be in the group.

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Pamela Morse

February 6, 2017

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