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Penpals with Kiddos

Send a letter or card in the mail to a child (your own child, niece, nephew, grandchild, or godchild). They love to get mail and it will brighten their day!

Do you remember when you were a kid and your job was to go down to the mailbox to collect the mail? I do! I was always so excited and couldn’t understand why my parents didn’t feel the same way. Little did I realize that it was mostly bills and advertisements at the time! I just remember hoping to find something with my name on it. Come on, admit it: didn’t you do the same thing?

With this in mind, I started sending my 10-year-old niece random cards and letters in the mail. She’s too young to have an email address or a telephone, so this is a good way for us to keep in touch. The first card she received from me was a huge surprise! My sister said it made her day. She couldn’t stop smiling and talked about it right up until her bed time. I sent her a small Halloween card and stickers this week. I know she will get a huge grin on her face when she sees her name on the envelope!

If you don’t already, consider sending the children in your life a card or note for holidays other than their birthday. It will certainly surprise them and put a smile on their face if they receive a card for Groundhog Day or Fourth of July! In my first card, I asked my niece to become pen-pals. I have to say, when I open the mailbox I feel like a kid again waiting for something special with my name on it!


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