The Joy of Being a Pen Pal

National Letter Appreciation Week

Bob Jasper
Writers’ Blokke

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Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

Write a Letter Appreciation Week started March 1. It encourages us to write letters, preferably handwritten. I like to write letters, especially if the recipient writes back. Few have the time or inclination to do that these days. I tried it with my grandson. You can guess how that went.

For eight years, from early 2014 until her passing at the age of 93 in the summer of 2022, I wrote letters to my Aunt Wilma. I would write each Sunday afternoon and often during the week, as well. I wrote over 650 letters, including many postcards.

I confess I started writing Wilma from a feeling of debt and obligation. She lived in Paskenta, California, a small town at the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. My mother lived in Corning, a larger nearby community.

Aunt Wilma was a great help to my mother during her final years and I felt a deep debt of gratitude for the many times she helped my mom when I was too far away (I live in Minnesota) to do so.

I confess, I wrote most of my letters on my PC using good old Word, autocorrect, and Grammarly to help make my letters readable and understandable.

My aunt never owned a computer. She said even her TV remote gave her fits. She’d press the wrong buttons and have to wait for her…

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Bob Jasper
Writers’ Blokke

My Muse is in hiding, but we cross paths from time to time. I think I gave the old guy too much grief. Maybe he quit without notice.