Five-minute Friday: Mail.


Writing letters is one of my love languages. I know it’s not technically one of the five love languages, but it is mine. I check the mail box impatiently — waiting, waiting, waiting. I anticipate carefully thought out words stuffed in carefully addressed envelopes. Sometimes there are surprises that have me smiling for the whole day.

I go over the words carefully — over and over — taking in the precious thoughts of a dear friend. It says to me, “I was thinking about you days (or weeks) ago and thought you needed a reminder that I love you.

One of the greatest things about having friends all over the world is that getting mail happens more often. The best letters have envelopes that tell stories.



South Africa.


They tell stories of places they’ve been and I dream of the adventure they had in getting all the way to my mail box. What a grand adventure! I await the next stories that find themselves in my mail box. I await their colorful postage and stamps and the friendly words inside. Always waiting, waiting, waiting, and in the meantime, sending, sending sending. You won’t be waiting long.


(Prompted by Lisa-Jo over at The Gypsy Mama.)

5 thoughts on “Five-minute Friday: Mail.

  1. So fun to get mail from around the world with cool stamps and funny sounding postmarks! I, like you, am a “words” girl and pour over letters, notes, e-mails, msgs, etc that I receive from people. I actually saved a “voicemail” for over a year so I could listen to the voices of those I love who love me back! Yay for words peeps!


  2. Sammie Sam: 2 things: 1) I love that you always comment as “Redheaded Roommate” …it always makes me smile. 2) I will absolutely write you a letter! Letters are fabulous.

    Lindsey: I have also saved voicemails and texts for a very long time. Words are great.


  3. This was heartwarming. truly. it strikes a special chord in my heart for two reasons.
    Your imagery, especially the fact that “The best letters have envelopes that tell stories”. So true! It’s incredible to think about the life of such a simple, yet so purpose-filled object and the places it will go. Also, I have been in love with writing and receiving letters, and I now have a rather large letter//postcard collection. Write me a letter? I’ll definitely write back.

    Words are just so much more meaningful when hand-crafted in ink by a caring friend.


  4. Michael —
    I also have quite a large collection of letters and postcards. I just love them. I’m sad that we seem to have lost the beautiful art of writing in the busyness of life. You’re right, they are much more meaningful when written in ink. Message me your address! I would love to write you a letter!


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