About a year ago I had the bud of an idea. Until my sister left for school (wherever that would be) I would write her letters. Letters that made sense in the moment. Letters that expressed my feelings towards her, myself, experiences, relationships, and anything else I could come up with. Some of the letters are hidden in unusual places, some envelopes contain small gifts, and others go beyond being letters.
And there are a lot of them.
Each letter is dated by month and year and every envelope is numbered—1, 2, 3, 4...36, 37, 38 and so on for many more than I would have anticipated from the start of this endeavor.
Every time I was sad about the thought of her leaving, I wrote something. Every time I was in a store and saw stationary that reminded me of her, I bought it. Every time I was mad at her, proud of her, inspired by her, or insanely admiring the incredible person my sister is...I wrote too.
These letters document a year from my point of view. They serve as a snapshot of my sister and me at 16/17 and 19/20. This snapshot has gained the title, “Writes of Passage.” I wanted to share this story today because yesterday, August 24th, my sister officially moved into college. Yesterday, I handed the project over to her.
Writing these letters was so valuable to me and helped me process my emotions throughout such a bizarre, transitional time. I spent the year focused on this project, and therefore focused on having new and wonderful things to write about my sister.
We all have someone in our lives who we care for deeply.
If you feel inspired by this post, then shuffle through your old stationary, tear a page out of a notebook, or pick out the prettiest cards you can find at a store and start writing. Find a box to keep your letters in and watch as the emptiness begins to fill.
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