Dear Mr. Postman,


Uhhh, why aren't we sending more letters and cards and postcards?? The post office seems to be a slowly sinking ship and it may not be around for much longer and who doesn't love getting real mail, not bills or ads or flyers but a card from grandma or a little note from your best friend even if she lives 20 minutes away? 

Maybe the reason we aren't sending enough mail is that we've forgotten how to write real letters. We've lost the art of writing a card, perhaps, since Hallmark has been handling that for us since birth.

Since I've been living abroad [i.e. Yes. South Carolina is like a whole other country], I've had the chance to enjoy lots of letter writing and receiving! Here are my tips for mastering the art of perfect snail-mail-ology:

1. Greeting.
Exclamation points are key in the Greeting of your letter. Nicknames are also appropriate here. i.e. Hello, Mama Cass! or Hola, Chica! Since I usually only write letters at happy times, the Greeting usually sets the tone as excited and fun.
 2. How's Things?
Next, before delving into your own ish [which would be selfish, deary], ask about your comrade. Ask about a growing baby or an upcoming vacation or a class she's taking. Something to clue in your gal pal that this letter is not just a "form letter" but is actually written just for her
3. Share Something Awesome
This is the "meat" of your letter. Have you lost [or gained] 10 lbs? Were you an extra in a movie last month? Are you training your cat to perform circus tricks [ahem. ...who would do such a thing? *looks askance* oh right. ME.]? Tell her about your new job or your new sheets or the new detergent that you've been using that smells fantastic. This portion of the letter is your time to shine.
4. A Well Wish
Before you wrap of this little love note, you want your pen pal to know you're thinking of her and wishing her well. Send her glad tidings of great joy, or some such. Tell her you hope all is well with   fill in the blank   and you can't wait to see her again/see the pictures/grab a drink soon. 
5. Fare Thee Well
This is your chance to include a signature sign-off. I usually go with a cutesy "xo, Sarah" but you could be all "Over and Out, Mama Bear" or "May the Force Be With You" or the more sincere route, "Sincerely Yours." This is the last impression your reader will have of the overall letter. Make it good! 
Now that you're armed with the makings of the perfect little love letter, I challenge you to do something about it! If you like it, put a stamp on it! When we're dead and gone, someone will find a shoebox full of letters and a small part of us will live on...

Sarah :: Your Plucky Picaroon

Who is one person that would love to get a letter from you this week?
Well... what are you waiting for?!

Sarah :: Plucky in Love

Sarah, aka "Plucky", blogs on the reg, unless she's on vacation or there's a Pretty Little Liars marathon or she's mulling over the implications of the phrase "on fleek." She can't live without iced coffee, a portable phone charger, or equal pay. Say hello!

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