X’s and O’s ….and a letter from home

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Yesterday, mixed in with junk mail and bills, I rec’d a letter from Mom; there’s a laundry list of wonderful attributes that my mother possesses, but one that I have always appreciated is that she writes – letters, notes, cards, and lots of them.  There’s something about receiving an envelope with her tidy teacher’s handwriting that gives me a grin long before I open it. Inside, every time, I find her newsy updates, words of wisdom and love tucked in for all of us to share.    Reading her words immediately transports me back to our family farmhouse where I’m cozily ensconced at her kitchen table, sipping tea and nibbling home-made deliciousness with her while we debate the topics of the day.

Thanks, Mom. Your letter was exactly what I needed today.
Do you write letters?  And … do you keep the letters/cards you’re sent? 
  (I do).
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  1. Uncle Mac

    Hey, I hope you are feeling much better and able to move around easier. I Love that Tractor..!!! xoxox

  2. Merrilee

    I truly enjoy your stories. I do love getting letters in the mail, and yes I save them. Infact this past fall I went through my box of memories from when I first moved off the farm. There was a lot of laughs and some tears, but I loved it.
    Hope all is well!

    • Hi Merrilee; thank you so much for reading and commenting. I should be better organized but I have her letters all over the house – in recipe books, my sock drawer, filing cabinet, in with Christmas ornaments. I never know where I’ll find them. My sister, Pat, is also very good about writing and her letters are like time capsules! I’m glad to hear you saved your letters from that time; you will be glad for it. Come back soon! XO MJ

  3. What a way to warm up a cold day of training! Thank you for your post.
    I try to write when I can. I have terrible handwriting, so typing has benefited me. But, I do write my wife. That is when I slow down and write deliberatly; for two reasons: one, to make sure that my handwriting is legible, and most importantly, that the thoughts I have are expressed accruately.
    Thanks again!

    • Mac! Great to hear from you; I hope training is going well and I can attest that your wife will LOVE getting your letters from far away. I have every letter the hubbs ever sent to me and I treasure them all. Peace to you & yours. MJ

  4. Michelle

    I’m much better with good intentions to write than actual execution of said writing. I’m even struggling now with thank you notes – handwriting them to parents and grandparents, but resorting to email for everyone else. Bad, I know.

    I keep pretty much everything from my parents and my husband… things from others strategically (things that tug on my heartstrings, make me grin, etc.).

    • I know what you mean, Michelle. I still handwrite thank you cards b/c I can hear my mom’s voice in my head telling me to do so … and I’ve saved all of the boys handmade mothers day, birthday cards etc. Thanks for weighing in; Looks like this topic hit a nerve with others as well. Cheers! MJ

  5. I don’t write enough. My best friend from high school and I used to write all the time. Like for years and years. And I did keep the letters. But then we both had multiple kids and life got crazy and now we never correspond. It’s sad. I do like to send cards, but rarely write a letter anymore. Poor old snailmail. I definitely hold on to letters. I love finding and re-reading old ones. Now I feel like I really need to write my high school BFF a letter!

    • Caroline, I’ll bet if you do sit down and write her a letter that she’d absolutely love to receive it. Who knows? You might even get one back 🙂 Cheers! MJ

  6. I don’t write them nearly as much as I wish I did. We have a friend, an older woman, who remembers every birthday and every anniversary with a card that includes a handwritten note. I always think I should send her something, and then I forget. Maybe I’ll make a big effort to do this now.

  7. A letter these days is a gift unto itself!

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