The Grandson Letter Box
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Our two grandsons are six years old and both live nearby with their families. Like most kids, they enjoy receiving mail, so I thought it would be fun to send them mail regularly. I decided to take it a step further and in the mail I send them, write about recent events going on in their lives or with us. I gave them each a special box for holding all of their mail so the letters don’t get lost or thrown away. I also gave them stamps, stickers, stationery, and envelopes for them to write back if they want.
I told the parents that when their letter boxes get full that we can store them here and I will get them new letter boxes to keep the tradition going. I asked the parents to be sure to save the stamps and envelopes as well as the letters. Later, I may introduce them to stamp collecting. I have a small collection in a stamp album purchased impulsively at the National Postal Museum 10 years ago. I always use fun, commemorative stamps and track them to ensure I use different ones each time.
I have my own letter box (see below) that I use for sending their letters. In my box I store a letter tracker where I note what stationery/card/postcard I sent to them, what I wrote about, pictures sent, and anything else worth noting, such as the date. I also write down ideas for future letters. I also store stationery, postcards, a kids’ joke book, mail received from them, etc.