Letters To My Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Favorite Letter
Update 5/19/16: The giveaway has ended and everyone who submitted won! Wasn't that easy? We'll reach out to coordinate shipping of prizes or feel free to drop us a note with your choice of Letters title and where to ship it. Thanks!
Do you have a favorite letter tucked away somewhere in your attic? A sweet missive you received on a random Thursday that still means the world to you? Maybe it's a prized note passed in class many years ago and now safely archived between the pages of a high school yearbook? Or a love letter sent from one ancestor to another, without whose affections you might never have been born?
Comment & Win: Letters To My...
Comment below to tell us about a treasured letter you've held onto and why it's important to you. We'll pick six (6) winners on April 30 to receive your choice of Letters To My Mom, Letters To My Dad, or Letters To Me, When I Grow Up. And we'll ship it to you anywhere on Earth.
Extra credit if you want to snap a photo of your prized correspondence and then upload it to share with the Leafcutter community.
A Couple of Our Favorite Letters
In honor of National Letter Writing Month, and to celebrate last month's release of three new editions in our bestselling Letters To My series, we dug up a few of our own personal letters to share. Here's a special postcard Lea received just last week that's destined to be a keeper, followed by a well worn love letter that our grandfather wrote 65 years ago.
Hand Painted Postcard to Lea (2016)
[This is definitely my favorite stamp series]
["Crows interact with humans and appear to show appreciation by presenting them with gifts"]
Dear Lea -
Your work always inspires me to remember and believe in the power of the idea, of the minor effort, of the thought that counts!
You have shown me time and time again that meaningful art is within reach of all of us, and the most powerful thing we can do is inspire others to create on their own terms that which will touch those around them.
Here's to one billion artists, each influencing 6 others.
Grandparents' Love Letter Before Marriage (1950)
How I hated to leave Nashville this afternoon without you. Darling, being in love with you is a full time project -- whether I am with you or not doesn't make any difference to my heart -- it's the same love regardless of circumstances, distance, or the hour of the day.
I love how vividly this very short letter from my grandfather to my grandmother brings me all the way back in time to a specific day before my mother was born. My grandfather was in the newly formed United States Air Force at the time. I can only imagine what it was like to leave his wife-to-be behind with the Korean War brewing on the horizon. Fortunately for us, it all worked out and they were married soon enough!
Tell Us About a Special Letter or Postcard You've Saved
Use the comment box at the end of this post and we'll pick six (6) winners on April 30! If it's short, feel free to post it in its entirety. If it's long (or too personal), just tell us about your letter and why it means so much to you. And if you're really in a sharing mood, you can comment and upload a photo too!
Meagan's 13th Birthday Letter & Postcard from Austria
This first one is a poem from my grandmother written on a Burger King napkin. It is not an isolated incident for her to write me a poem in a fast food restaurant, either; I have about 12 or 13 of them. This one is a favorite because it was written about my 13th birthday. My Nanny was one of the most special people ever to me, and I miss her since she died in March 2007. I am now 24 years old.
About the postcard below, Meagan says,
This is a postcard I received through Postcrossing which I hope I’m allowed to describe. By the way, Postcrossing is a wonderful way to send and receive mail. If you haven’t checked it out, I completely recommend it!
The card is from a woman named Theresa in Austria. She described the death of her grandmother which happened only a few hours prior to writing the postcard to me. It was her first closely related family member to die, and she was trying to fathom going to the funeral. Her grandmother died just before her 91st birthday. What a life!
The piece of mail is special to me because it is so raw and sincere. I don’t know that I would have had the emotional strength to talk to a stranger about the death of a family member. Maybe it was therapeutic to Theresa. I felt honored to share that moment in her life with her.
Georgeann's Grandfather's Sweet Letter Home
Georgeann shared the letter below, that her Grandpa wrote to his wife many moons ago. Georgeann says,
This is a letter my Grandpa wrote to his wife (my MeMe) and his daughter Milly (my mom), who also had the nickname, Mickey, since she had such a high pitched squeaky voice like Mickey Mouse. My grandparents had 7 kids. When my grandpa would go out of town on business, he would write letters home from the hotel lobby on a typewriter. This letter is a true picture of who my grandpa was---loving, sentimental, a loving husband and daddy. I have a copy of this letter framed in my bedroom among favorite black and white pictures of my grandparents and pictures of my mom and her brothers and sisters from when they were little. To my knowledge, there was only one picture taken of my grandparents with all seven of their children.