I have loved mail for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is from when I was 3 or 4 and my Grandpa traveled to California for a visit. My mom went outside to get the mail, and I couldn’t believe my ears when she told me that there was a letter for me. I still remember sitting on the living room floor with envelope in hand – scrawled with my name and address. I couldn’t tear into it quickly enough. Inside was a card with a picture of a mouse on the front. The little mouse was sitting in the hole of a tree with a sweet little look on his face. Inside, my grandpa wrote me a note about his trip, and it was immediately treasured. I still have that card to this day.
So it’s no wonder that as a child one of my favorite characters on Mister Rogers was the neighborhood mailman, Mr. McFeely. He could never stay long to chat, as he was always darting off to deliver a letter or package to some lucky recipient elsewhere on the street. However, for that brief window of time that he was there, he brought a bit of surprise to the day in the form of a letter, package, or present.
With Mr. McFeely in mind, I’m trying something new this month – a postcard swap. After all, the thing that I love most about Vegan MoFo is how it fosters community. Even if someone lives in a small town and knows no other vegans, just a few keystrokes away there’s a whole world wide web of people who are just as interested in gabbing about vegan food, ethics, and the unparalleled joys of a seitan reuben.
So I’m inviting you to retro blog with me this month. (I think they used to call it “letter writing.”) Anyone is welcome to participate – regardless of if you are a blogger or vegan. To play along, just email me with the address where you’d like your postcard sent, and then I’ll match up partners. (If you are a blogger, let me know your blog too, so that I can pass that information on to your partner!)
Since this swap is international, your partner may be from another part of your country or the world. Keeping the costs of postage in mind, sending a postcard is all that is required. However, if you’d rather send a letter or small surprise, that is fine too!
Don’t know what to write about? Here’s a writing prompt! Tell your partner about a vegan food or meal that feels like home to you.
Update: Sorry, the sign-up date has passed! Partners are being set up right now, and participants will be notified this week.
The details: To participate email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address by midnight (Central Standard Time) on September 9th. I’ll pair up partners and email people throughout the week. Postcards should be sent by September 19th, so that they will hopefully arrive before Vegan MoFo ends.