Snail Mail Day ~ 13th June 2014.

Yesterday, a dear genealogy friend who I have known for about 25 years posted on her Facebook wall

“Imagine getting the country behind one day a year whereby they actually post a ‘real’ letter. Where children write to a friend or family member, or even perhaps they exchange letters with a class somewhere else in the country or even the world. Anyone in the world can do this.

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It has become apparent to me that few people ever write a letter. Most of our children no longer know the excitement of mail arriving in the letterbox with their name on it. Many wouldn’t even know how to write a letter to a friend.

As I recently sat and watched my 37 year-old daughter and her friend sitting on the floor, surrounded by their children, reading aloud letters they’d written to one another as young teenagers, and laughing at the stories those pages held within, I realised what we are losing. All those memories and family history which is now either doesn’t get recorded, or is stored on a computer. How much is lost when a computer crashes?

It made me think it would be a great idea to create new memories, and new experiences by having one day a year when we all send some SNAIL MAIL. June 13th is the anniversary of my dear Mum’s death, and she was an avid letter writer, so what better day to get this going.

Please share this and let’s make it happen.”

After I read this post from Judi, I spent an hour or so looking through my files and found the letters I received from Judi, all the way from New Zealand. I pondered at the memories and the pleasure I always felt when I saw the envelope and the stamp and would take the letter to read on the train, as I took the daily commute to work.

What struck me as wonderful is that this project is in memory of Judi’s Mum who passed away on 13th June and what a wonderful way to commemorate a lady so close to Judi’s heart.

So in the spirit of friendship and a great project I am going to write a letter and mail it to Judi. You can write a letter to who ever you see fit to write to, but I am going to wander down memory lane with Judi.

Photo: Ohhhh the irony!
Pictures originally shared by Jamie Kennedy

Because the world we live in is so much driven on-line, there is a Facebook page for the project. Facebook and the internet, concepts that our ancestors, even more recent ancestors would simply be in awe of.

Then just as I was about to go to bed I looked at Facebook and spotted the picture above and immediately thought of Judi and this project.

Who are you going to write a letter to?

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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2 Responses to Snail Mail Day ~ 13th June 2014.

  1. Judi Billcliff says:

    Awww Julie that actually brought a tear to my eye. Yes we did exchange so many letters, and how much I enjoyed getting yours in return. Sharing our family history journey, sharing our highs and lows. Then meeting up in London and spending some special quality time together. it is nice to remember how good it felt to write, and receive a letter. Thanks for this, and the SNAIL MAIL Day face book page is gathering people, like minded people who want to revisit that treat from their past. Judi xx

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