Friday, April 16, 2010

A Great Bunch of Women...

While correspondence can be just words on a page, it can have so much more meaning than that.

I remember my first pen pal. I was 3 or 4 years old and my Grandmother would write to me. It was just letters about the every day happenings in Indiana (I lived in Michigan—a pretty big distance when you are 3—the state “next door”). My mother would read the letters to me and we kept them in my top bureau drawer. As I got older, I would write back to her. But, as I got older and time makes us all rush about with so many daily things…both my Grandmother and I got out of the habit.

When I went away to college, my Grammie (my other grandmother) started to write me. She and I had been living in the same house since I was in high school and being away was rough on both of us. She wrote me every week. I would write back, but not as frequently. Sometimes her letters would include “a little something extra” a couple dollars put between two blank pieces of paper…something a college student could really appreciate. Frankly, looking forward to seeing her “scribbles” every week kept me going through some very tough times. I have saved some of those letters (wish I had saved them all) and looking back at them can even give me comfort now that she is gone.

After college, I moved 800 miles away. Grammie continued to write to me, but as age and several strokes finally slowed her down…she could not write as often or as much (often apologizing in the letters about how awful her “scribbles” were). When we were cleaning out here room at the nursing home after she died, I found several partially started letters to me.

This is all to say that I value and understand the power of letter writing. And while I don’t often do it as often as I should, I am proud that the Braces Bunch is there to fufill that need. That every so often, I open my mailbox and find a little reminder of the past, as well as a friendship of the present and future.

Thank you JJ for founding a great Bunch of women who correspond and comfort, who write not because they have to, but because they want to. Because we all need to be able to reach out and be there for someone else.

Tomorrow marks the THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Braces Bunch!

7 comments:

JJ said...

And I am SO GLAD you have been a member since the beginning! I have saved every note you've sent--and you are still a huge hit in this house for sending the slab of chocolate ;)
Thanks for understanding the treasure of hand written notes!

Kristin said...

Reading this is almost enough to make me wish I had waited until adulthood for my braces. What a great group to be a part of.

Cibele said...

wow, what a fantastic post. You are a very special braces buncher! love you

Cibele said...

Hi, just want to let you know that I changes my blog address so some people can't find me. I had some uninvited guests and I don't wanna go password protected yet. The blog is the same just update your link to http://www.cibele-hopeful1.blogspot.com/

Jericho said...

I wanna join---I'm getting braces this summer as an adult! lol

Rotten said...

YAAAAY for Braces Bunchers!!

Suzy said...

And thanks for the sweet note I got in the mail from you today!

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