The chorus of crickets in the evening, cooler mornings, and the images of Food on a Stick (aka Minnesota State Fair) can only mean one thing….Summer is winding down (queue multiple sighs). But before you pack away those tents, s’mores sticks and bug spray, sit for a moment with pen and paper and write a letter. Why? The reasons are plenty…
- Encourage your child to write a letter of appreciation for the Summer internship or paid job, even if it was mowing the neighbor’s lawn. Employers remember these kids!
- Send a note to the staff at a Summer destination who made a difference on your vacation.
- Write a quick Thank You to the neighbor who consistently opened their doors to the neighborhood gang or looked after your home while on vacation.
- Create a family letter to the Summer nanny heading to college, mentioning memories and good wishes on the new campus and include a picture or two.
- Express your appreciation for the friend who encouraged you to run around the lake for the first time and listened to your highs and lows while doing so!
- Support a child to share Summer highlights (or books they read) in a short to note to their teacher from last year who will be touched he or she wasn’t forgotten!
- Write a note to a grandparent who took your children to multiple destinations throughout the Summer.
- Surprise a friend with a Just Because letter. I received one yesterday and it couldn’t have arrived at a more timely moment.
And finally, today being Letter Writing Day is reason in itself to keep the postal service busy! So before closing up for the night, take a few minutes to sit with yourself or family members and be reminded of the value we place on relationships which surround you each day.