Just discovered, via the Postcrossing blog, that February is the Month of Letters. This would be a pleasant idea even if it were only to try and write more letters than one usually does, but there is another more active participation level as well. The challenge part is two-fold -- first, to mail at least one item every (postal service) day of the month, and second, to write back (by mail, mind) to everyone who writes to you. I joined Postcrossing a few months ago, as I said before, because I miss not just the delight of finding something personal in the mailbox, but because I also miss the pleasure of sitting down and writing by hand, of thinking -- if even just for a few minutes at a time -- of the person I'm writing to, the reality of them, and the feeling of connection to that person, and thus the world, that that brings.
Obviously, I've missed the calendar beginning of the challenge, but I am not far behind, and have already today inadvertently made it to 2 postcards sent, having woken up wide awake in the dead of night and half an hour later thinking, "well, I might as well get up and write a postcard, eh?!" and I wrote two, one for Postcrossing and one half-forgotten Christmas thank-you.
I am not participating officially, as a signed-up member of the Month of Letters group I mean, but I am certainly going to take the challenge! If anyone would like to help me reach the "letters sent" goal, feel free to leave a comment including your e-mail in the box provided on the comments form, and I'll reply off-blog so that you don't have to leave your address in public view.