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Letters To My Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Favorite Letter

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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!

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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?

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Letters To My - New Books

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)

Lea Postcard To Share

 

[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.

A

 


Grandparents' Love Letter Before Marriage (1950)

Grandparents Love Letter Before Marriage (1950)

Chatanooga, Tenn.
Sunday Night
12-10-50

Dearest Lib,

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!

Reader Submissions...

Meagan's 13th Birthday Letter & Postcard from Austria

Meagan says,

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.

13th Birthday Poem

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.

AT-239660

Favorite Postcard Back

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.

Typed Letter from Grandpa to Grandma

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7 Comments

  1. missmeaganc

    April 18, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I have two pieces of correspondence that I want to share a little about…

    The first 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.

    “Love on Your Birthday”
    ‘Surprise — happy 13th birthday!
    And so much else to say!
    Same day champ of the spelling bee,
    Wow, just what else we might see!
    A young lady, just growing and glowing,
    Her love for everyone always showing!
    Don’t ever think you are not loved,
    It could only be measured by God above!
    You are my heart, my Sunshine Girl,
    Most blessed to me in this whole world!
    Even on the cloudiest day,
    Your smile shines through like a sunshine ray.
    Don’t ever try to be like someone else,
    Always be your sweet, loving, beautiful self.
    I love you (more),
    Nanny’

    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.

    The second 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.

    (I uploaded photos that I hope can eventually be attached to this post.)

    Thanks for the giveaway, Lea and Devin!

    Meagan C.

  2. Drena

    April 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    My favorite letter was written by my boyfriend who died in an accident in October, 2008. I’d asked him for a letter and he was “working on it”, he’d said. He was very thoughtful about what he wrote. He wanted it to be special. A few weeks before the accident, he casually mentioned that he’d started writing it. I didn’t think about it again until I learned that he was gone. And then, well, I really needed it. Thankfully, it was relatively easy to locate. I found it in a small stack of papers near his computer. It was incomplete, like our relationship. And it was narrative, like his life had been an unfolding story and we were turning toward a new chapter….On the back of the pages were random notes, interesting words he’d uncovered and wanted to keep a record of, notes about trees at high altitude….The paper itself was a mirror of what is, was, had been. The “letter” was one page ending midsentence…but on a separate page he wrote an “outtro”, the line that I guess he wanted to end with. It was the most beautiful part of the story. Of course I read the letter again and again. I’ll admit that at the time I felt like it wasn’t enough. If it had been a thousand pages long, I still would have wanted more though, I realize… and yet in the midst of the pain of loss, it was something I could hold onto. .

    I keep this letter in a cloth envelope I bought to protect it. It is something I deeply cherish.

  3. Sophia

    April 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

    My favorite letter that was ever sent to me was from the Queen of England. Her comment was that it was kind of me to tell her a little bit about myself. I will never forget that letter!

  4. Whitney LeSueur

    April 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    My favorite letter came to me from a friend last year. I had started to disregard my own birthday as uneventful and irrelevant and celebrated others instead. 16th birthdays are typically a big deal in american culture but none of my friends save one acknowledged its passing. I was out of town at the time at my grandpartes house and on of my friends tracked down their address. In her letter she wrote 16 sets of 16s consisting of my traits (ie: 16 things you do well, 16 Quirks you have, 16 things you always wear, et al.) The letter brought me to tears! I was moved that she not only had written me an actual letter, but she even saved me her last stamps with my favorite designs on them.

  5. Barbara Birkeland

    April 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    April 1, 1984 a friend and I began what developed into a daily correspondence, though we did not plan it that way. I moved and we wrote, day after day until it became a therapy we could not ignore. So on April 1, 2016, just last week, we completed 32 years and at each end the letters are being saved to exchange at some time, as an incredible family history. We have each moved several times, we try to post these letters daily, and for now the gift of a daily correspondence proves both psychiatrist and historian. For precious connection and record of life, a “real” letter cannot be overvalued. Sincerely, Barbara Birkeland

  6. Johanna Auerback

    April 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I have sadly lost the letter that most stands out in my mind. It was sent to me soon after I married, and I had been complaining to my mother about the stress of managing family dinners after a long work day. She sent a bracing handwritten letter that arrived in my mailbox and was kept in my apron pocket for years until finally one day it vanished. One line is burned in my memory:

    “The thing about husbands is that they mainly exist to eat and make laundry”

    • Devin Redmond

      April 5, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Hopefully my wife would disagree! I wonder who might be responsible for that letter vanishing?

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